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Cancer Young Adults

What Is Fear?

Alex Niles | Posted 07.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Alex Niles

Sometimes through the darkest skies the brightest stars reveal themselves and shine. Although I never asked to be in this situation, being confronted by the darkest of fears, and accepting, confronting, and overcoming that fear enabled me to learn, grow, and be even more mortal.

#OMG2014: Stupid Cancer. Genius Event.

Emily Drake | Posted 07.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Emily Drake

What Stupid Cancer has created with this event is an inspiring conference that brings together advocates, caregivers, health professionals and young adults from all corners of the USA and beyond.

I Can't Even Die of Cancer Right

Kevin Lankes | Posted 06.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Kevin Lankes

I'm out of the darkest part of the woods, sure. But society is making it particularly difficult to forget what happened to me. It's moving on beyond me and trying hard to lose me in its wake. I, like other young adult survivors, feel lost, alone, and confused.

Another Awareness Week?

Heidi Adams | Posted 06.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Heidi Adams

It does seem as if there are a lot of "awareness days/weeks/months" on the books. Every possible disease and issue seems to have one. Some of them are entertaining, some silly and redundant. Others can be game changers. National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week is in the game-changer category.

How Cancer Screws Young Adults' Sex Lives

Lauren Sczudlo | Posted 06.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Lauren Sczudlo

It's taken me two years to understand that my cancer wasn't cured overnight or without help, and my sex issues are part of the same healing journey.

Advances in the Young Adult Cancer Movement: Why SAYAO Is a Big Deal

Emily Drake | Posted 02.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Emily Drake

The AYA cancer patient advocate movement has gained tremendous momentum in the last few years. However, it is imperative that health professionals become invested and educated on the needs of this unique group of patients in order for their health-related needs to be met.

The Future of the AYA Cancer Movement: A Chat With Dr. Leonard Sender

Emily Drake | Posted 02.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Emily Drake

Among his many achievements, Dr. Sender developed the joint Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program at CHOC Children's and UC Irvine Health and is currently the chairman of the United States' largest AYA patient advocacy group: Stupid Cancer. I had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Sender to discuss his views on the AYA movement.

Cleveland-Bound

Heidi Adams | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Heidi Adams

Fertility preservation, isolation, financial distress, stalled careers, derailed relationships -- issues like these have a unique impact among young adult cancer survivors. And on the clinical front, survival rates for young adults have plateaued since 1975.

Not Your Grandma's Support Group: Online and Offline Support for Young Adults

Miki Moskowitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Miki Moskowitz

Peer support for people with cancer has traditionally looked like this: a group of people, perhaps women in their 60s, sitting in chairs around a circle in a support group held weekly or monthly, facilitated by a mental health professional. Peer support for young adults with cancer increasingly looks like this: an organized happy hour.

What Not To Say To A Cancer Patient

Dan Duffy | Posted 09.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

I want to share a few thoughts with those of us who are either friends or loved ones of cancer patients or caregivers. We know that you love us, and want to comfort us, and we love and adore you for it. With that said, we will tear you a new one for saying any of the following platitudes.

A Bittersweet 'Sting'

Robert Johnston | Posted 09.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Johnston

Life is bittersweet sometimes. No one knows this more than a cancer patient: suddenly all those things we were taking for granted become not so taken for granted, and we watch some dreams die, and in the face of the new reality of our lives, hopefully find some new dreams to keep going.

Cancer Is Not All I Have

Karin Diamond | Posted 09.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Karin Diamond

Sometimes I want to leave it all, unable to handle the weight of my fate staring me in the face. But then good days come, and I forget about the cancer, the chemo, the infertility, so blinded by the gratitude that I get to be here, to do this, to enjoy this world and the people in it.

Young Adult Caregivers: Where Do We Fit In?

Alice Whitney | Posted 07.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Alice Whitney

As the girlfriend of a young adult with cancer, I also faced a unique struggle that caregivers of children or adults don't face: trying to find my place and purpose in all of this. Since Chris' parents were his caregivers, what was my job?

To Oncology Nurses, From a Seasoned Patient

Karin Diamond | Posted 07.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Karin Diamond

Proper health care is not one-size-fits all. Even if the 80-year-old Spanish-speaking man in the chemo recliner beside me has my same disease, his needs are different. Keep that individualization in care and kindness at the head of everything, and the rest will fall into place.

Valleys: Episode 3 -- 'This Guilty Feeling'

Mike Lang | Posted 06.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Mike Lang

Talking about cancer can be difficult. And for many, the thought of sharing their actual feelings about cancer with those they love can feel insurmountable.

Valleys: Episode 6 -- 'The Choice'

Mike Lang | Posted 07.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Mike Lang

Getting cancer as a young adult seems so unfair. And holding all these conflicting and difficult emotions inside can cause an emotional cancer that takes almost as great a toll as the physical disease itself.

Valleys: Episode 5 -- 'The Release'

Mike Lang | Posted 07.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Mike Lang

Is it possible to transform anger, guilt, loss and grief into acceptance and forgiveness? Can you be peaceful in the face of the relentless life threat of cancer? In Valleys: Episode 5, Amy struggles with this conflict as she tries to find release from tormenting anger and guilt.

Slowing Down in a Fast Forward City

Denise Tam | Posted 06.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Denise Tam

In a city where 62% of the people work overtime, many stores stay open past 10 p.m. and 6.5 hours is the average amount of time people sleep a night, recovering and living with cancer in Hong Kong is like trying to swim upstream.

The Evolution of Young Adult Cancer Awareness

Heidi Adams | Posted 06.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Heidi Adams

While much progress has been made, there is still far to go in order for newly diagnosed young adult patients to reap the benefits of that progress the instant they hear the words, "You have cancer."

The Lightness and Darkness of Transplant

Tiffany Williams | Posted 06.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Tiffany Williams

A lot of people are talking about the idea of rebirth, resurrection, miracles, and faith following Easter weekend. They are themes often on my mind too, though perhaps for different reasons: On December 1, 2010, I was reborn. Sort of.

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.

Letting Go of Fear: How Risking My Life on a River Helped Me to Live Again

Shelley Nolden | Posted 05.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Shelley Nolden

I yearn to scream, yet I must hold my breath. Even if I were to open my eyes, I would see nothing. I'm suspended in a vortex that overpowers my senses. I don't know which way is up. I have 45, maybe 60 seconds to figure it out, or I will die.

Fighting Cancer With... Joy?

Joy Huber | Posted 05.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Joy Huber

Since my name is Joy, I have found my life's purpose in helping others fight cancer with Joy, literally and figuratively! I help them discover how to transform that paralyzing fear of dying into happiness! Because given a choice, would you rather fight cancer with Joy or without it?

Music, Touring and Educating

Adam DeAngelis | Posted 05.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Adam DeAngelis

With today's technology, no one has an excuse not to get involved. You never know whose life you're going to change, or who you'll inspire to do great things.

The Joys of Voluntary Crutching, aka 'Quadstepping'

Benjamin Rubenstein | Posted 05.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Benjamin Rubenstein

Just like for rock-climbing, I have the build for "quadstepping," my term for walking with crutches. I can even tweak the verb for related activities, like "tristepping" if I go non-weight-bearing; "quadsquashing" if I pole-crush bugs; or "quadfleeing" if I leave the scene of a crime.