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Cancer Young Adult

Graduation Day: Dying From Cancer to Clean Scans in Six-Month Intervals

Kevin Lankes | Posted 05.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Kevin Lankes

As a young adult cancer survivor, I will never stop worrying about dying before I've lived long enough to leave my mark, to positively affect the world, and do whatever other things my mother would no doubt disapprove of.

I Don't Know How to Be Anything But a Patient

Kate Sievers | Posted 10.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Kate Sievers

I was the patient. I was the sick one. I was the one who could've died. I was the one who had the chemo, the surgery, the radiation -- and I was okay with that. I don't know how to be anything else.

Finding My Community at Stupid Cancer's OMG Summit for Young Adults

Lola Scott | Posted 05.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Lola Scott

From the get go, I've been treated at a pediatric hospital, on pediatric protocols, and may, by age, be considered pediatric -- but I am far from it. For once, I was in a room with survivors that got me.

Why I Choose 'Survivor' Over 'Victim'

Marjoriet T. Matute | Posted 05.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Marjoriet T. Matute

"Survivor" by definition is a person remaining alive after an event in which others have died. So clearly I am a survivor, considering that after receiving chemotherapy and radiation I am still here. But why do I feel guilty?

How I Found 'It'

Jennifer Giuffre-Donohue | Posted 05.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Giuffre-Donohue

In December of 2008, shortly after my 37th birthday, I was shaving my underarms in the shower and I noticed that my right underarm looked swollen.

Once, Twice, Three Times Malady: My Love Affair With Cancer and Why I Decided to Tell the World

Kaylin Andres | Posted 05.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Kaylin Andres

My cancer can't get enough of me. It keeps coming back. And so I've decided to accept my illness in order to move on with my life. The problem is, once you make the decision to become 'frenemies' with your illness, you accept being defined by it, and cancer has a nasty reputation.

Telling Your Children About Cancer

Dan Duffy | Posted 04.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

A golden rule that we learned in kindergarten is still a golden rule: Honesty is the best policy. Both of my boys, ages 6 and 4, know that I had cancer, and they know that I have to get checked every year to make sure that it doesn't come back.

Climbing Cancer Mountain

Marjorie Malpass | Posted 02.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Marjorie Malpass

Challenged by the river, I learned that the trick to kayaking is the same trick I used to navigate my illness -- you flow. Fighting against the current lands you upside-down, underwater, with your head bouncing against rocks.

Illness and Relationships: Diving In

Kelly Bergin | Posted 02.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Kelly Bergin

There's no manual for dating with chronic illness -- there's no easy way to integrate your sick universe with the healthy without causing friction. You will feel the friction. You will be angry. But bravery is forging ahead anyway.

The Loaded Cancer Question: Why Do We Get Sick?

Shelley Nolden | Posted 02.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Shelley Nolden

Many times I've been asked why or how I developed acute promyelocytic leukemia at the age of 31 and almost five months pregnant. Healthy, thriving young adults aren't supposed to get cancer. The natural question is: Why? The question and the answer are loaded with emotions.

Avoid Burnout: 7 Tips for Caregivers of Young Adult Cancer Patients and Survivors

Emily Drake | Posted 01.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Emily Drake

Caring for a person with cancer can be extremely rewarding, but it can be exhausting as well. A diagnosis of cancer during adolescence and young adulthood interrupts a person's life and comes at a time when they are trying to complete the life steps that are necessary for transition into adulthood.