Looking to follow someone's cancer journey: A Journalism Documentary
It's been a long while since I've posted on these forums, so let me introduce myself again. My username is Lithium, but my real name is Kevin Lara. I was diagnosed with testicular cancer almost two years ago (March 2010). I underwent an I/O and fought through four rounds of EP chemotherapy. I have since then been doing very well and have been thankful for every single day of my life.
I browsed these forums quite a bit and spoke to several others during my own treatment. It was a very great way to keep in touch with other people who were in similar situations as I was. A huge thank you to the moderators and everyone else on this forum for making my experience with testicular cancer a surprisingly pleasant one!
I have posted here today because I want to offer a hopefully enriching opportunity for me and someone else dealing with testicular cancer. Before my own diagnosis, I was an avid photographer studying in college to become a photojournalist. After my own treatment, I went right back to where I left off and pursued my studies. As of now, I am interning at the Orange County Register newspaper as a staff photographer. Part of my work as an artist is to create enriching photo documentaries that will offer people an opportunity to see something they know nothing about.
I have done several photo projects for myself, but now I wanted to follow and help someone else. I am currently looking to make a photo documentary about young adults in college (like me) who are fighting testicular cancer while at the same time living the life of a college student. Hopefully, this message will reach out to someone who is currently living somewhere in the Orange County or Los Angeles area.
My duty as a photographer is to properly document their cancer journey as a way to spread awareness of testicular cancer, and how young men can still live out their lives despite the symptoms of chemotherapy. As a cancer survivor, I would also like to offer my assistance to the person I am following in anyway possible. I've been there, and I want to do everything in my power to make their journey a good one. Hopefully, this photo documentary can allow me and the subject to prove that testicular cancer doesn't halt life as many would expect. In many ways, I seek to prove to the opposite. Life keeps going
Please let me know if any of you would be willing to invite me into your life during this time and allow me to document your journey. I want to go far and beyond the chemotherapy clinic. I also want to photograph your interactions with friends, family, and yourself when treatment isn't taking place.
I hope to hear from some of you. And thanks for reading.
Feel free to contact me at any time:
Or message me here for friendly conversation! I'm always happy to make a friend.
Thanks a lot. God Bless.
Diagnosed March 8th 2010 (my mother's birthday :\)
Left I/O March 9th 2010
AFP: 17, other markers: Normal, CT Scan: Clear.
Stage 1-S Non-seminoma: 80% Embyonal, 20% Yolk Sac
4xEP: April 19th - July 2nd
August 20th 2010: AFP: 5.5, all markers: Normal. CT Scan: Scheduled.