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Pass the Mic : Rishina

Reading Time: < 1 minute   Rishina shares her story at our first Storytelling Open Mic: Pass the Mic event, featuring stories from our BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and disabled community members to highlight their AYA cancer experiences. Thank you to our

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Pass the Mic : Tenaria

Reading Time: < 1 minute   Tenaria shares her story at our first Storytelling Open Mic: Pass the Mic event, featuring stories from our BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and disabled community members to highlight their AYA cancer experiences. Thank you to our

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Pass the Mic : Tammy

Reading Time: < 1 minute   Tammy shares her story at our first Storytelling Open Mic: Pass the Mic event, featuring stories from our BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and disabled community members to highlight their AYA cancer experiences. Thank you to our

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Pass the Mic : Jessica

Reading Time: < 1 minute   Jessica shares her story at our first Storytelling Open Mic: Pass the Mic event, featuring stories from our BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and disabled community members to highlight their AYA cancer experiences. Thank you to our

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Pass the Mic : Gwen

Reading Time: < 1 minute   Gwen shares her story at our first Storytelling Open Mic: Pass the Mic event, featuring stories from our BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and disabled community members to highlight their AYA cancer experiences. Thank you to our

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Pass the Mic : Dianne

Reading Time: < 1 minute   Dianne shares her story at our first Storytelling Open Mic: Pass the Mic event, featuring stories from our BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and disabled community members to highlight their AYA cancer experiences. Thanks to our sponsors!

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Pass the Mic : Ashley

Reading Time: < 1 minute   Ashley shares her story at our first Storytelling Open Mic: Pass the Mic event, featuring stories from our BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and disabled community members to highlight their AYA cancer experiences. Thank you to our

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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 about cancer as a battle

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Cancer Survivorship and Disparities Among AYAs

Reading Time: 4 minutes I am an early-stage investigator in the Department of Health Disparities Research at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. I have been trained in the fields of psychology and health disparities research, particularly

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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 of platitudes and move on

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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. When the time came to

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The Need for Affirmative Cancer Care

Reading Time: 2 minutes Thank you for giving me the space to share a bit about my story and my connections to the AYA cancer community. I am a psychology professor and psychologist committed to health equity broadly, as

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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 ordeal. But there have also

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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 declined after completing treatment; you

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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 least for this year. Stupid

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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 over my body and I

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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 can make it next year.

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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 a loss for words! But

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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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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. 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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