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Fear of not living

Fear of not living

By Ashley Morine Fellow YACCtivist Shana Coulliard recently blogged about her experience at the “Writing Through Cancer” workshops during our training weekend. The workshop unexpectedly allowed me to dig deep…

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Overcoming my cancer-related depression

Overcoming my cancer-related depression

YACCtivist Andrea remembers what life was like before depression set in after her cancer diagnosis. Learn how she confronted it.

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How I live life with low neutrophils

How I live life with low neutrophils

YACCtivist Blair writes about how his current treatment plan changed his life, and how he’s dealing with it.

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To those diagnosed with cancer from a guy who beat it and is (and will be) there for you

To those diagnosed with cancer from a guy who beat it and is (and will be) there for you

“As someone who actively went through cancer, I have a perspective that most of your family and friends (thankfully) could not have. Below you will find a list of the top ten things I wish someone had told me before I started treatment.”

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To all the doctors I’ve loved(?) before

To all the doctors I’ve loved(?) before

YACCtivist Dani prepares her holiday cards for her medical team — six years later.

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A story of how cancer helped save my life and get me sober

A story of how cancer helped save my life and get me sober

“Every day, a drink after work, a drink before bed. On the weekends, Baileys in my coffee or a glass of wine followed by a few gin and tonics. Why? Because it made the pain go away, and it made me feel temporarily ‘normal.'”

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Puppies and purposes

Puppies and purposes

Janelle had to figure out who else she was when her brain tumour disrupted her sense of identity of being “the smart girl.”

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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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