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Writing and healing and cancer, oh my!

Writing and healing and cancer, oh my!

I loved every moment of our writing workshop, even the uncomfortable ones. As feelings came up for me, I named them, described them, organized them, and put them down on paper. That was the magic for me. BAM!

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Melissa processes her diagnosis through art

Melissa processes her diagnosis through art

“I started this painting the night before having surgery on my neck to check if my cancer had spread. I was 29.”

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I’ve got 99 problems but chemo ain’t one

I’ve got 99 problems but chemo ain’t one

Marley writes about how toxic terminology such as “the good cancer” affects young adults after a cancer diagnosis.

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“It’s hard to grieve the loss of the ability to have kids”

“It’s hard to grieve the loss of the ability to have kids”

“It’s hard to grieve the loss of the ability to have kids.”

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Cancer and finances

Cancer and finances

Despite working full-time since age 19, Andrea found herself on E.A.I. unable to support her family after being diagnosed with cancer at age 30. But she’s not giving up.

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Retreat Yourself Adventure shows Jennifer she can do it

Retreat Yourself Adventure shows Jennifer she can do it

“I will be forever thankful I let go of the fear. I trusted my body again, I did way more than I expected I would, and I learned more than I could ever imagine.”

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Navigating social media while living with cancer

Navigating social media while living with cancer

Social media helped Alex manage the stress of telling his network about his diagnosis, but it also affected his perception of life during treatment. Here’s how he found a balance.

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The good, the bad and the ugly: Truths about relationships after cancer

The good, the bad and the ugly: Truths about relationships after cancer

“I can continue to look to my peers at YACC for a world of encouragement or a shoulder to lean on.”

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Cancer, my disability: Returning to school after a diagnosis

Cancer, my disability: Returning to school after a diagnosis

“How can I study for my exam with all this brain fog? How do I make it across campus in time for my next class without needing a nap after? How do I reintegrate into student life when I have changed so much as a person?”

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Survivor Profile
Janelle Lamontagne

Janelle Lamontagne

A little bit about you: Name: Janelle Lamontagne Age: 31 City: Brandon, MB What was your diagnosis? Grade 3 Anaplastic Astrocytoma brain cancer What year was it? 2017 What was…

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Geoff’s blog: Look what you did! The YAC Prime Study findings

Geoff’s blog: Look what you did! The YAC Prime Study findings

The power of connection is one of the many questions we had as we built the YAC Prime Study with Dr. Sheila Garland. Does being in connection with other young adults who “get it” matter? If so, how?

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Survivor Profile
Valérie Laframboise

Valérie Laframboise

A little bit about you: Name: Valérie Laframboise Age: 34 City: Ottawa, ON What was your diagnosis? Breast cancer What year was it? What was your age at the time? …

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Ryan Blenkiron

Ryan Blenkiron

A little bit about you: Name: Ryan Blenkiron Age: 35 City: Fergus, ON What was/is your diagnosis? Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (Diffuse Large B Cell) What year was it? What was your…

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Kirsten Efremov

Kirsten Efremov

A little bit about you: Name: Kirsten Efremov Age: 31 City: Brampton, ON What was/is your diagnosis? Oral Cancer (squamous cell carcinoma – T2N0) in 2016 Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in…

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Blair Richardson

Blair Richardson

A little bit about you: Name: Blair Richardson Age: 24 City: Calgary, AB What was/is your diagnosis? I was originally diagnosed with a blood cancer called Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) which…

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