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Youth Cancer

No Longer the Sick Kid: Living Without Regrets

Benjamin Rubenstein | Posted 03.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Benjamin Rubenstein

I also used to hide that I survived Ewing's sarcoma (bone cancer) at 17 years old and myelodysplasia (bone marrow cancer) at 19. Now nearly 10 years cancer-free, rules help me live a complete and genuine life.

Young Adult Cancer: Year in Review

Woody Roseland | Posted 03.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Woody Roseland

Although there seems to be a lot of going on for breast cancer (read: marketing), things aren't as cut and clear for the rest of the cancer world in America, especially for the young adult cancer community.

When I Realized That Cancer Could Kill Me

Beth Pointer | Posted 02.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Beth Pointer

I am not in control. My oncologist is not in control. Cancer controls my schedule. No one else. And cancer decided to fucking remind me that these days are not mine to plan. These days are only mine to appreciate and take the most pleasure and joy from as possible.

Got Cancer? Take Acting Classes!

Robert Johnston | Posted 02.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Johnston

Got cancer? Start acting classes! Or at least that's what I ended up doing. It's amazing that even when you feel like your life has stalled, something will come along and get it going again.

Everything I Need to Know About Cancer I Learned From Lollapalooza

Beth Pointer | Posted 02.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Beth Pointer

According to my oncologist, I'm stuck over here at Stage 4, listening to a lame Gin Blossoms cover band that he says is called "Follicular Lymphoma." What? I've heard of worse band names at Lollapalooza.

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.

Why I Fight After Having Cancer Seven Times

Woody Roseland | Posted 02.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Woody Roseland

I'm a firm believer that things happen, and then you give them a reason. So every time I spit blood it reminds me to give today a reason, every time I learn of another friend passing it reminds me to give today a reason.

Life After Cancer

Meghan Brennan | Posted 02.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Meghan Brennan

No one tells you what you're going to feel like as you walk away from the doctor's office to face autonomy for the first time in months or even years. Perhaps if someone had, it wouldn't have taken me so long to get help in the struggle I had self-diagnosed as the harbinger of insanity.

Cancer: The Elephant In The Room

Meghan Brennan | Posted 02.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Meghan Brennan

You may not know what to say, but neither do we. While you study your shoes, we wonder if you know, or you just think we've been involved in some tragic, eyebrow-waxing accident gone awry. Even if you put your foot in your mouth and say something awkward, we appreciate it when you try.

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.

Young Diagnosis, Grown-Up Conversation

Jenna_Langer | Posted 01.29.2013 | Healthy Living

When we started dating I assured him that cancer was five years in my past, something I only thought about during my annual MRI that proved my tumor was still dead. But cancer survivors know the threat is always still there.

Finding Meaning Through Adventure for Young Adults With Cancer

Brad Ludden | Posted 01.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Brad Ludden

For young adults, cancer comes at a time when life is sweet and our awareness of our mortality is the furthest thing from our minds. A host of unique psychosocial challenges make it even more important to seek life, meaning and purpose, to reclaim it from cancer.

On Living Your Life Twice

Kelly Bergin | Posted 01.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Kelly Bergin

I've been sick since I was 10 months old. When I was diagnosed with cancer in college, the trauma of the illness just added another layer to something I already knew. Living your life twice is no easy feat. But that's what I am trying to do.