My 2nd Act: Survivor Stories from the Stage comes to Nashville

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Survivors from around the country share their personal cancer journeys and bring new meaning to life after cancer

The Nashville production of My 2nd Act: Survivor Stories from the Stage will make a national tour stop at the Gaylord Opryland Resort on June 6, 2015, at 7 p.m.

My 2nd Act, produced by Women Survivors Alliance and sponsored by Cancer Treatment Centers of America ® (CTCA) at Southeastern Regional Medical Center (Southeastern), is a live storytelling event featuring 10 women survivors reading their personal stories of taking their lives back after a cancer diagnosis. Using their gifts of time and experience to give back to society, these women prove the second act of their lives can be even more meaningful than life before cancer.

Laura Mac of Nashville’s Mix 92.9 and Jack-FM, herself a proud breast cancer survivor, will serve the show’s emcee.

“Cancer draws a line in the sand of life,” said Karen Shayne, co-founder of Women Survivors Alliance and Nashville resident. “Cancer doesn’t end when treatment does. Even when there’s no longer any evidence of disease, the diagnosis and treatment forever changes a life. Survivors need a way to make sense out of their experience and with My 2nd Act and Women Survivors Alliance, it’s our hope to help them accomplish that.”

My 2nd Act serves three purposes: (1) To celebrate the courage and achievements of the women on stage; (2) To inspire the audience to create their own 2nd Acts, regardless of the challenges they face; and (3) To build awareness of survivorship issues and the Women Survivors Alliance survivor education programs.

With nearly eight million female cancer survivors in America who continue to face long-term and life-limiting effects of the disease and its treatments, productions like My 2nd Act work to raise awareness and create a support system to assist in the rehabilitation process. Current statistics estimate one in three women will face cancer in her lifetime. Ongoing research shows cancer survivors who participate in a volunteer program experience impressive psychosocial and physical benefits. For a cancer survivor, it gives meaning to the life they fought so hard to preserve.

“We’re celebrating the courage, perseverance and work of these brave women because it improves the lives of the cancer survivors who will come after them,” continued Shayne. “Our work isn’t defined by size. The message we’re spreading is just as valuable as foundations and hospital wings. It is our hope that the greater Nashville community will join us on June 6 to support these magnificent women and help us in our mission.”

Gaylord Opryland Resort is located at 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214. Tickets are $22 and are available at or at the door.

To see clips of previous productions of My 2nd Act: Survivor Stories from the Stage, visit

About the Women Survivors Alliance
Cancer does not end when treatment does. The mission of the Women Survivors Alliance is to establish a network where women affected by the disease can find their voice, improve their quality of life, and embrace their 2nd Acts. Women Survivors Alliance provides survivor education at its events and in its online magazine, To learn more please visit: For more information please contact the show’s producer, Tammy Hart Dyer at tammy(at)itsmytime2thrive(dot)com, 615-500-7995.

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