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Personal Stories of Cancer's Impact

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The Road Has a Name

"It's scary to turn down an unfamiliar road, with nothing more than two tracks just wide enough for each tire. However, if you go slow, in low gear and take your time, with each mile one finds inner strength, courage, confidence, and beauty." - Jennifer Langille / Project Founder

To-date, with the support of GoFundMe donations, I have traveled over 20,000 miles collecting stories of those impacted by cancer and documenting the experiences of traveling around, through and over unique landscapes of America as a solo female traveler. I began the journey from my home state of Vermont, have criss-crossed the country over eight months, and encountered quite a few challenges along the way!

The decision-making process and physical experiences associated with navigating challenging and often scary natural terrain is extremely comparable to what a person must face when encountering a cancer diagnosis. When first presented, it's all surreal, scary and the mind can almost shutdown for a moment while trying to process what they've been told, what they see, and how they feel in that moment.

There are many variables to consider. There are emotions to manage. There's a moment where one has to "take stock" of what they can handle and what is too much, too risky, too scary. 

On this journey, I’ve been recording and documenting my own experiences as they pertain to navigating physical landscapes on my way to meet with those impacted by cancer. I’m collecting their stories, investigating the themes and parallels between their personal experiences to those of my own, and composing a book. The inspiration to produce this book is due to how cancer has influenced my life over the last twenty years.

This is NOT a book about Cancer. Cancer is the "muse" though it is not the staring role. It's about love, passion, determination, and overcoming fears of the unknown. The individuals featured have all been impacted by cancer, however, none are defined by cancer. Cancer has been that "mountain" or "desert" they had to navigate. It's that time they got "stuck in the mud" and figured out a way to become "unstuck."

I hope those reading will feel encouraged to share their story  and thereby inspiring me to navigate new landscapes.

BOOK SPECS (Subject to Change)

First Edition as a Hard Cover running at 6 1/2” x 9 1/2” (or close)
Target page count is 275-350 pages
Roughly twenty-four chapters (this could change)
Full color images and or illustrations throughout
Targeted price point at retail is $35 or LESS (this of course is subject to change!)

FOR MORE INFORMATION about the book, please visit: www.photosthatunite.com 

If you share my passion for supporting those impacted by life-altering events like cancer through powerful, inspiring stories, and would like to contribute to it’s future, I hope you’ll consider becoming a donor.  

All individual donors will be listed in the acknowledgments of the first edition. All donations of $40 or more will be eligible for a *signed* copy of the book (eta. late 2019) and all donors will have the opportunity to help VOTE for the final cover artwork in early 2019.
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Update 34
Posted by Jennifer Langille
1 month ago
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THANK YOU FOR THE LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE THAT WAS 2018!

For those who receive the project email, you know I'm winding down the communications for 2018, preparing for the holidays and setting up to complete the first draft of the book's manuscript THIS winter! Yes! Meaning the winter of 2018-19! (Rocking my best impersonation of Wonder Woman as I type!)

In the last video update of the year ( https://youtu.be/KPBy2GGOzs8) - I share important news regarding 'Robbie', impressive scoop on what we achieved this year (can hardly believe it!) and my goal to complete the entire manuscript over the wintery months to come.

Since sending that email, I've pushed onwards with nothing but grit and determination to end 2018 strong. In the past few months, have often felt stuck in the mud. A little depressed, if being 100% honest, and worried all the time.

Though today, I just feel uplifted, not stuck, happy, and far less worried! Should may be add a little achy, but that's because working on the farm is building new muscles! *smile* I have... biceps again!

Since the last update I've gone from just trying to fill twelve chapters to discovering I have about 24 chapters! In fact, I have enough for my primary book project and something on the side (more to come in January!)

While finances are of course a steady challenge, well, that's the case for EVERYONE. It's what we do with what we have.

I do need to reach the current GoFundMe Goal, which is SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED.

Last month I let go of the single most financially exhaustive element of the project. That decision paired with an assist from the book's hard-core support system - The reason WHY I can work to complete the manuscript SIX MONTHS earlier than expected.

Creative projects all take time. Writing a book takes time. I had a vision in my head of what I THOUGHT I needed, and see clearly I HAVE what I need to create the book of my dreams. I've needed the challenges of the last few months to help guide me to this conclusion.

I'm blessed with a place to write. Work that allows me TIME to write. A warm, safe place to call home. Family and friends either a few feet away or within a few hours drive. Reaching this FINAL (for real final) goal via GoFundMe will be the "last chapter" of 2018.

Starting January of 2019, those subscribed to my email will begin receiving weekly writing updates that include: Sample chapter outline, chapter summaries, up to three sample chapters, etc. My aim is to have the draft manuscript completed by early March 2019.

To Subscribe/Re-subscribe: https://goo.gl/KKWR8w

It's been a BIG year. THANK YOU for your role in allowing me the opportunity to meet the people I've met impacted by cancer from coast-to-coast.

THANK YOU for the opportunity to produce a book I hope inspires others to imagine what is possible when the road becomes hard, requiring us to downshift into 4WL, keeping steady pressure on the gas, and slowly moving forward.

THANK YOU for coming along the journey with Monty and I.

The YouTube/Vlog is on a little hiatus, and will return shortly.

The same for Instagram!

For now, while I'm sure to sneak one more update to donors before closing out this campaign - a reminder to each of you who has donated $40 or more to make sure I have your best email address. Each of you has been reserved a copy of the book, which will be SIGNED!

Lastly, donors will be listed in the 'Acknowledgments' section of the book. If for any reason you DO NOT want to be listed - please let me know by 1/1/2019.

Best way to contact me directly:

https://www.photosthatunite.com/contact-1/

I mentioned it was a BIG year, so of course a rather lengthy update! *smile*

ONE MORE THANK YOU!!!

Happy Holidays,

Jennifer + Monty
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Update 33
Posted by Jennifer Langille
1 month ago
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Hello!

Why does it always feel like someone has their finger on the fast forward button this time of year - every year? The month of November has been impactful between farm work, writing, research, and preparing for 2019.

Next month I will release something of an "annual report" illustrating the highs, lows and everything in the middle! What we achieved and what needs to happen to support completing the manuscript and eventual submission to the publishers by this time next year.

For the moment, here are a few time-critical bits of information for those who wanted to order gifts from the project's shop:

There are only FIVE 2019 Photography Calendars remaining (at the time of this update), to order please visit: https://goo.gl/iQ4eQy (direct link to purchase). Once they are all sold the PayPal shop will display "Sold Out."

A few donors have inquired about purchasing signed prints, the direct link is: https://goo.gl/zLvtyB (directly links to what's currently available.) DEADLINE to order prints is: DEC 2, 2018 to ensure holiday deliveries.

The winter months will be dedicated to writing, applying for grants that have an early 2019 deadline and submitting proposals for sponsorship review.

Never hesitate to check-in if you've not heard from me and feel an update is overdue! I lose track of the days!

Please keep in your thoughts those impacted by cancer this holiday season. Remember it's not just those directly diagnosed with the disease who are navigating this "challenging landscape." For example, if you know one of your colleagues has a loved one with cancer, consider taking them out for coffee or a walk, and allow them to share their story with you.

Listening is helping. Listening is caring. Listening is a free gift we all have the means to offer. *smile*

Don't be afraid to have conversations about cancer and family history while members of your family come together. One way to de-power the word cancer - talk about it openly! Ask questions and check in with each other. Knowledge is power and curiosity doesn't always kill the cat - it can lead to early detection and higher survivability rates!

Thank you for your time today!

Much love and gratitude for each of you!

Sincerely,
Jennifer + Monty
https://www.photosthatunite.com
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Update 32
Posted by Jennifer Langille
2 months ago
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Hello!

I hope this update finds all my donors well, looking forward to the holiday season, where I wish each of you time with family, friends and making memories!

I've been blessed with a wonderful opportunity to be stationary for the remainder of 2018 and it's just what the project needed. If you are following along on YouTube, may know by now Monty and I are doing a work exchange on a really incredible small dairy cow farm. The daily dose of fresh air while engaging in morning and evening farm chores has given the mind a fresh perspective!

To leverage this time, have accepted a writing challenge for the whole of November called, #NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month.) Just about every day, aspiring writers around the world attempt to write, on average: 1,600 - 1,700 words daily. If one sticks to this, they will have roughly 50,000 words towards their manuscripts by end of the month!

In the last seven days I have strung together from the stories collected earlier in the year a total of 8,806 (a touch behind the average, thought each day I seem to gain momentum, which is very empowering!) Once I send this update out, back to work!

To support the continued efforts with project fundraising, I've been able to make the 2019 Photography Calendars available for purchase once again, with the addition of print sales.

To learn more about the available gift giving options to support the book, please visit: https://www.photosthatunite.com/shop/

Other than individual donations, this is our only source of income and your support with sharing these potential holiday gift ideas with friends will make a huge difference in keeping things in the black these next two months!

I've achieved as much as I have because of each and every one of YOU! My heart remains humble. THANK YOU!

Love and appreciation,
Jennifer + Monty
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Update 31
Posted by Jennifer Langille
2 months ago
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Hello!

I'm sending out this update on behalf of those new to navigating cancer and in need of community support.

This one is close to home. Young Felicia (10 yrs old and diagnosed with a form of bone cancer) is the daughter of one my childhood friends, Sam. Sam was that friend in High School who made everyone around him feel included. The most positive attitude, happy and driven. It breaks my heart for him and his family to navigate childhood cancer.

Their GoFundMe Campaign: gf.me/u/mzpb2r

Sharing causes such as this is very important to the journey I'm on with writing this book. Helping those impacted by #cancer while they are in the thick of it - it's my north star.

Please join me as you can to support those members of your own community impacted by this disease as you can, however you can. A care-package, meal train, and of course, if possible monetary donations - it all adds up to supporting those navigating a landscape re-defined by cancer.

Please also know that if you are impacted, have someone close to you impacted and they are trying to raise support and need help with spreading the word - reach out! I will do everything I can to support outreach.

Thank you for your time today!

Gratitude and Love,
Jennifer + Monty
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