Whether it’s laughing at memes or gathering petition signatures, social media can be an important tool for distraction, education, connection, discourse and, most importantly, enacting social change in one’s daily life.
And while social media can serve as a platform for individuals to share their perfectly curated images, it can also provide a space for cancer warriors and thrivers to express their vulnerability with no filter. A cancer diagnosis doesn’t just impact the physical body but can also weigh heavily on one’s mental health. Sharing one’s story can be a cathartic release. The impact amplifies when the audience is able to connect with the story.
A simple Instagram caption can be the message someone needs to feel less alone in their own journey. It can also help others to understand an experience they haven’t endured, including what it’s like to live with cancer. Whether you are just starting your cancer journey or entering into recovery, you don’t have to heal alone. Social media can connect you to individuals who know what you’re going through because they are brave enough to say, “I”ve been there, too.”
We rounded up six of our favorite influencers who use their platforms to build connections, foster understanding and create valuable visibility to inspire people living with cancer to thrive.