Life Recorded - A Project Inspired by StoryCorps

Share, Record and Treasure Your Stories

Each one of us has a uniquely inspiring path in life that has brought us to where we are today. Every life is remarkable. It’s easy to say this about others, but how often do we stop to recognize this about our own lives? Allow yourself to be heard and speak your truth!  Your recording can be just for you and to share as you wish, or you may choose to share pieces of your story with the broader Roswell Park community to inspire others with your strength and resolve. This experience can be for healing yourself or for helping others, or both, and no matter what, we respect your ownership of your personal narrative.

Upcoming Workshop

A Storytelling Workshop
for Healing Oneself and Helping Others
with Lorna MacDonald Czarnota and Karima Amin
Saturday, April 28 from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Join us for this half-day, interactive workshop for Roswell Park patients, cancer survivors and caregivers and you’ll walk away with a thorough understanding of what storytelling is and how to use it for personal growth and supportive testimony. Most of all, you’ll be guided through an empowering and cathartic process that will position you as the hero within your own personal narrative on your journey to expressing the stories of your life.

Our Storytelling Workshop program brochure includes RSVP details and additional information on what is sure to be a healing experience for all those who attend. Questions? Please call: 716-845-8051.

Everyone Has a Story

A cancer diagnosis – your own or a loved one’s – can really make you stop and think about your life, it’s meaning, it’s value and it’s purpose. Capture this moment, as well as memories from yesterday, or long ago. Give yourself the gift of insight, healing and hope – with a side of love and laughter!  Read what one cancer survivor, Louise Muscato, shared about her Life Recorded experience.

Customize Your Experience

No two recordings are the same. Your story can tell others where you’ve come from, who you are and what your hopes and dreams are. You can express how you feel at this time in your life or you can focus on another time. It’s up to you! After all it is your story.

What Does a Life Recorded Session Look Like?

Each 40-minute audio or video recording features a “cast” of three characters:

The Storyteller
This is all about you. What do you want to share with others who may be traveling a similar path in life? What do you definitely know for sure and what are you still working out? How do you see the world and how have your family members and friends helped shape you into who you are? Who do you love? Who is your best friend? What makes you hopeful? Express yourself freely and perhaps discover something new about yourself.

The Interviewer(s) (Optional)
This role is for family members, caregivers, friends, co-workers, neighbors, or any other special people in the lives of the storyteller. With one or two interviewers, the session is an intimate conversation. Add a few more people, and it can become a family bonding activity or a way to mark a milestone celebrated by friends.

The Facilitator
It can be difficult to know what questions to ask or where to go next with your recorded conversation. Thanks to our friendly and professionally trained facilitators, you will have an expert and compassionate guide as you experience the positive benefits of storytelling and listening. Your facilitator will also help you get ready for your recording and they will be happy to answer any questions you may have along the way.

Choose Your Recording “Studio”

Opt to record in the space that is most comfortable and convenient for you: • Roswell Park’s Pastoral Care Center & Meditation Chapel • Your In-Patient Room • At Home • Community Setting (Your Church or Gathering Space)

Copies of Your Recording

This is our gift to you. Request as many copies/formats as you’d like! • CDs of Your Audio Recording • DVDs of Your Video Recording • Thumb Drives with Your Audio or Video Recording • Digital File of Your Audio or Video Recording Sent to You Through the MyRoswell Patient Portal

To learn how you can tell your own story through Life Recorded, call Roswell Park’s Pastoral Care Department at 716-845-8051 or download the brochure

*This project is made possible by generous donations from: The Jayne and Phil Hubbell Family

Patricia Brady (above right), and her sister, Debra Hackett (above left).

Patricia Brady's Story

Debra remembers a favorite trip she took with Patricia to Hawaii where they toured the island and went to Waimea Canyon State Park, also spending time at their favorite breakfast place—McDonald’s.

Listen to the Life Recorded Session with Patricia and her sister Debra.