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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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Jennifer Ryan

Jennifer Ryan

A little bit about you: Name: Jennifer Ryan Age: 34 City: Paradise, NL What was/is your diagnosis? Papillary thyroid cancer What year was it? What was your age at the…

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How my relationship with my body changed after cancer

How my relationship with my body changed after cancer

Body image is something I have always struggled with, and being diagnosed with cancer made things worse. I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2015. The treatment I went through to save my life left me with scars and insecurity about my body.

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Tips for loving your body after cancer

Tips for loving your body after cancer

During my recovery, I’ve gone through many stages of love and hate with myself. A huge part of that struggle came with adjusting to my body and dealing with my wardrobe, weight gain and of course having had cancer, twice! I found ways to cope over the years and so, here are some of my tips for adjusting to a new body and a new life after cancer.

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Supporter Profile
Josh Lamothe

Josh Lamothe

About you Name: Josh Lamothe Age: 35 City: Edmonton, AB Who did you support with cancer? My amazing wife, Mandy. What was their diagnosis? Papillary thyroid cancer When was it?…

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Survivor Profile
Paige Panetta

Paige Panetta

A little bit about you: Name: Paige Panetta Age: 29 City: Waterloo, ON What was/is your diagnosis? Uveal melanoma (choroidal melanoma) What year was it? What was your age at…

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Go, random stranger, go!

Go, random stranger, go!

A member of the YACC community sent us this note they had written as a personal memory, but that holds a powerful message for us all.

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Faith Walker inspires others through music

Faith Walker inspires others through music

Faith Walker started her career as a professional musician when she was 14-years-old. By her early 20s, she had singles on the radio and videos on MuchMusic and had two children. Life was good—she had just gone on her first vacation—but her path was about to change drastically.

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