Thinking back to his own cancer treatment, Jacob Reibel ’10 wishes he had done more to record his thoughts and ideas.
Back then, he was applying to medical school after two years spent teaching English in France and two more doing research at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Today, he remembers the fear that came with a diagnosis of testicular cancer—but he also looks back on that time as one of renewed clarity and focus.
Now fully recovered and in medical school at the University of Vermont (where he is in the midst of third-year rotations), Reibel is helping other people record stories of their own illnesses.
His project, Vermont Voices, is based on the NPR StoryCorps model, in which people make audio recordings of conversations that range from whimsical to highly personal. Reibel has found his subjects at the local Hope Lodge, a nonprofit that offers patients a free place to stay while traveling for medical treatment.