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How can we improve cancer survivorship?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Like many, the lives of our study team have been affected by cancer: either as cancer survivors, family members and friends of cancer survivors, or caregivers. We often hear narratives

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The Chapter is Only Part of the Story

Reading Time: 2 minutes If someone used a book as a metaphor to describe living with cancer and cancer survivorship, I think many adolescents and young adults (AYAs) would suspect the book is full

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Diliara’s Research Story

Reading Time: 3 minutes As a doctoral health communication student, I have always been interested in conducting applied research to translate my findings to develop interventions to help individuals in need in healthcare settings.

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Vulnerability is Healing

Reading Time: 4 minutes For starters, I feel extremely overwhelmed with gratitude that I have an amazing support system. Many of my friends and family have been super understanding, loving and compassionate during my

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Resilience & Connections

Reading Time: 2 minutes Six months after beginning chemotherapy, I was ushered to go back to work. Despite a half-year hiatus, I felt unready to deal with the real world. My mental health tremendously

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CancerCon 2022

Reading Time: 2 minutes What a joy it was to be able to experience CancerCon. I won a Hotel Scholarship to experience it and I probably wouldn’t have been able to if not, at

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Confidence with Cold Caps

Reading Time: 3 minutes I want to share my experience with cold caps and how they helped my journey with Cancer feel a bit more bearable. It gave me a sense of some control

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My CancerCon Experience

Reading Time: 2 minutes I wish I was still at CancerCon. It was very helpful and meaningful for me. I miss all the new friends I made so very much. I really hope I

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The Power of Belonging

Reading Time: 3 minutes While attending CancerCon Live this year, I was asked to describe Stupid Cancer in one word. Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you I’m very rarely at

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My CancerCon Experience

Reading Time: 2 minutes The thought of traveling across the country to meet a bunch of strangers just seemed so out of my capabilities. I have been tied to doctors appointments and machines for

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CancerCon 22

Reading Time: 2 minutes My first in-person CancerCon experience went well. I was nervous thinking about the trip. I do not travel much but I thought, “Why not try it out?”. I am happy

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A TRIP I WILL FOREVER REMEMBER!

Reading Time: 2 minutes Cancer Con 2022. Wow! What can I say?! A WHOLE LOT.  This was such an amazing opportunity and truly an experience I will remember for the rest of my life.

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Cancer Again?!?

Reading Time: 4 minutes When I was 26, on December 1st, 2017, I was first diagnosed with a rare form of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. To say that my body didn’t react to treatment well is

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What Floor?

Reading Time: 2 minutes “What floor?” Words failed me. The elevator doors had closed but I found that I could not make the words come out. Sobbing uncontrollably and silently and trying to speak

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Confessions of a Cancer Survivor

Reading Time: 2 minutes I used to be a firm believer that “everything happens for a reason.” While there are events in life that are too good to be a coincidence, sometimes things occur

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Stupid Cancer, Stupid Thyroid

Reading Time: 2 minutes I first got involved with Stupid Cancer through my work as an oncology social worker. I support a lot of young adults newly diagnosed and trying to navigate their cancer

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My Experience at CancerCon 2022

Reading Time: 2 minutes From the moment I arrived in Minneapolis, I was greeted with smiling faces and welcoming eyes at the conference. There was an underlying feeling of being accepted and showing up

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From Cancer to Crowdfunding

Reading Time: 5 minutes All my life, at least since early high school, I was deliberate in trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It started in ninth grade with weight lifting and wrestling, being

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