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Sharing Our Stories



When writing in a journal or telling a friend is not enough…

How about announcing it from a stage? Here’s how to be heard in a BIG way!

This article appeared in our June 2003 issue. Friday evening, high atop a hill in Santa Fe, New Mexico, 10 people gather in a light, airy room of the Cancer Treatment Center. They have all been diagnosed with cancer, AIDS, or HIV, and they are here to confront two of humanity’s greatest fears: death and public speaking. “This isn’t about putting on a slick, theatrical production,” says Tanya Taylor, cofounder of the Life Monologue Project. “It’s about sharing who we are. I want everybody to set aside their concerns about writing and performing, and let Pamela and me worry about that.” Her partner, Pamela Thompson, surveys the group like a proud new mother — nobody is breathing. “I guarantee everything you need is already inside you.” She exudes warmth, and they begin to relax. Since April 2001, Taylor and Thompson have offered workshops to people affected by cancer and HIV/AIDS. After 9/11, they expanded the workshops to all of Santa Fe. The Life Monologue Project is offered free of charge to anybody who needs to be heard. Over the course of two weekends, participants write their stories …

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