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Positives of cancer

Positives of cancer

A big question from a friend: “Do you feel like you took anything positive away from your cancer journey?”

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Alone in a crowded room: How cancer impacted my relationships

Alone in a crowded room: How cancer impacted my relationships

Michaela had an amazing network of family and friends, but after her diagnosis, they weren’t able to offer the support she needed most. “The hardest part about cancer was feeling like I didn’t belong in a place where I once felt so at home.”

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The first of many lessons

The first of many lessons

As K. celebrates two years cancer-free, she reflects on how her twin babies gave her the motivation she needed to get through the toughest days.

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Music for all feelings

Music for all feelings

“When I find it hard to explain how I felt, I could use songs and lyrics to help me express the feeling I was trying to convey.”

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Don’t give up on yourself

Don’t give up on yourself

Nicole’s gusto for life faded when she was diagnosed with cancer, but she’s working on getting it back.

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Remission: Not all it’s cracked up to be

Remission: Not all it’s cracked up to be

“I am now three years into remission and I have not even fully unpacked my cancer remission bag. Every time I feel a lump, or something doesn’t feel right, I panic.”

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Motherhood and cancer

Motherhood and cancer

“We were supposed to be in newborn bliss and finding our way as a new family, not dealing with cancer.”

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What is in a year?

What is in a year?

Jay says after countless doctor visits, appointments, tests, and procedures, he’s starting to feel like he’s making strides into survivorship!

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Connection

Connection

“When I found YACC, I felt connected and like I matter. I started to believe in myself. I had finally found my home.”

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Cancer doesn’t know age

Cancer doesn’t know age

Kirsten writes from first-hand experience about how AYAs are underrepresented in research funding, receive delayed diagnoses, and face different challenges than pediatric or “adults” with cancer.

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Creating legacies while dealing with cancer

Creating legacies while dealing with cancer

Emily outlines three processes she uses to continue to share moments with her sister, Sarah, although she is no longer here.

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Fear

Fear

“I was expecting that the call would let me know that the biopsy results came back normal. I remember hearing the person on the phone say I had two thyroid nodules; one was cancerous and the other one was suspected to be cancerous.”

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A thief like no other

A thief like no other

In this poem, Michaela writes to her cancer to make sure it knows where it stands.

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8 creative mental health practices for YAs affected by cancer (Part 2)

8 creative mental health practices for YAs affected by cancer (Part 2)

In part 2 of this discussion, Gabrielle covers four practices young adults affected by cancer can use to improve their mental health.

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Lessons I have learned: Part 1

Lessons I have learned: Part 1

YACCtivist Lindsay writes a letter to her past self, outlining the emotional ride her cancer diagnosis will lead them on.

“The tragedy was losing you, my past self, but the victory is rediscovering who I am meant to be and what my true role in this world is.”

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