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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 almost three years now, and

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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 that I did, and I

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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. I was surrounded by people

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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 a massive understatement. Complications, side

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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 at the same time I

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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 that simply have no explanation. 

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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 experience–whether overcoming oncofertility obstacles, insurance

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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 just the way that I

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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 conscious of fitness in general,

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Open Mic: Ana

Reading Time: < 1 minute   Ana shares her story at our AYA Awareness Week 2022 Storytelling Open Mic.

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How I Got Into Cancer Research

Reading Time: 2 minutes When I was a fourth grader in elementary school, my older sister was a senior in high school. She used to hang out with her friends at our house and I would tag along. This

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Frank Sinatra & My Vagina

Reading Time: 6 minutes Most people think they have a basic understanding of what radiation therapy is, but until you become a cancer patient, you don’t really know the half of it. The extent and manner in which they

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Jeremy’s Story

Reading Time: < 1 minute   After Jeremy’s recurrence, he started a blog to manage sharing the news & further updates with his loved ones. Writing not only became a tool to support his mental health but also invigorated a

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