We have labelled this as a top 2 issue, as the focus group we had at the Survivor Conference in 07 revealed it was 1 of 2 major issues for YA’s with cancer… i was surprised as for me it didn’t apply, with acute leukemia there isn’t much waiting though I did have a short time frame where I didn’t feel well before diagnosis. but it was months and months and it was full of docs telling me I’m crazy.
This video really brings me back to one of my survivor buddies, who did have that experience. Mark Cuss, a retreater of YACC’s went to his doc for 6 months to get a lump checked on his testicle. After continually being dismissed Mark finally got the attention he needed, but by that time his cancer had spread significantly. He died a few months after joining us at one of our retreats.
Mark is one of the reasons YACC launched “Touch Yourself, Trust Yourself” last year, to raise awareness of self-exams and remind YA’s that this simple skill is something we can all do and it may save your life one day.