Alyssa and Alex break down some of the goals and expectations of YACC’s newly formed Insight team, and discuss the importance of family throughout a cancer journey, how to navigate the ever-changing world of cancer with your loved ones, and what Alyssa’s goals are as a self-proclaimed “YACC graduate.”
Alyssa (she/her) Canadian, of British descent, is a young adult myeloma advocate and blogger in her mid 40s. She is a stay at home mom parenting a spirited six-year-old with her husband in Toronto, ON. Alyssa is thoughtful and kind and always ready to lend a hand to those who need it.
Alyssa was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2010 at age 32, after several years of missed diagnoses and an exhaustive search for answers. Roadblocks to accessing proper care included her gender and age. She was initially treated with chemotherapy, followed by an autologous stem cell transplant, and enjoyed a five-year remission before her relapse and further treatment.
Alyssa connected with Young Adult Cancer Canada (YACC) in 2012 at Retreat Yourself West. Since then, she has participated in most of YACC’s programs (Survivor Conference, Localife, private Facebook groups, and YACC Chats). Being a part of YACC empowered Alyssa to identify and speak up for her needs as a YA patient, and she wants to help YACC grow so every YA patient in Canada gets that same chance.
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