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Armstrong, Lance, American Libraries


American Libraries: What is the Livestrong Survivorship Notebook? LANCE ARMSTRONG: The foundation created the Livestrong Survivorship Notebook to give access to cancer information to everyone, despite their economic or social status. We also wanted to empower and inspire cancer survivors to live life on their own terms.

What does the notebook consist of? Four sections: 1) Survivorship Tools, to help cancer survivors organize and address physical and emotional health needs, maintain a list of medications, keep a record of medical history after treatment, and keep track of medical, financial, and insurance records; 2) Survivorship Stories, a booklet of stories told by real survivors about their experiences with cancer; 3) Survivorship Topics, featuring information about the physical, emotional, and practical challenges cancer survivors and their loved ones may face throughout their battle with cancer; and 4) Survivorship Updates, to add to this section information they receive from their own health care team, family members, support groups, caregivers, and friends.

What is the idea behind it? The notebook is a free resource designed to help cancer survivors, their families, and caregivers organize, keep, and access important information related to their cancer experiences. The foundation also educates survivors about their cancer-related concerns, such as the physical and emotional effects of cancer, treatment, and managing day-to-day matters. Survivors can use the worksheets found in the notebook to organize and guide their cancer experiences and read stories shared by others affected by cancer.

How are you planning to partner with libraries? The foundation is collaborating with ALA to provide libraries across the country with the Livestrong Survivorship Notebook to better serve those seeking health-related information, specifically information related to cancer. In March, we began shipping the notebooks to more than 14,200 libraries across the United States.

How can low-income or uninsured cancer survivors use the notebook to access information about cancer they wouldn't otherwise have?

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