I identify as Franco-Ontarien and a rural girl at heart.
Cancer has been difficult, not only physically, but mentally. Through my diagnosis, treatment, and now survivorship, I have found myself surrounded by loving family and friends, but still feeling disconnected.
My first real contact with Young Adult Cancer Canada (YACC) happened three years into my cancer experience. That was a very good day, surrounded by other young adults living with cancer who understood me. For the first time, I felt deeply connected to some of the most incredible individuals.
YACC means community. It means having each other’s back no matter what. But only one in 22 young adults living with cancer find this thriving YACC community. I want to find those 21 other young adults so that no one needs to feel alone and disconnected from the world.
Diagnosis: Hodgkin’s lymphoma
Age at diagnosis: 19
AROUND THE WEB:
- Gabrielle’s survivor profile
- Gabrielle’s YACCtivist blog posts
- For this new grad, cancer was an obstacle — but also a guide (October 28, 2019 – the Gazette)