Perspective: A Conversation with Young Adult Cancer Survivors

Perspective: A Conversation with Young Adult Cancer Survivors

As a young adult, surviving cancer can be a very isolating experience. Many people feel alone in their fight, facing an unfair uphill battle. Recently, I’ve found a lot of comfort in sharing my experiences with other young adult survivors. Although we’ve all faced...
When Your Best Friend Has Cancer

When Your Best Friend Has Cancer

My bf Nina is visiting me. I just got back from chemo. It’s Sunday. It’s raining. We’re both 17 years old. We’re drinking tea. Nina is telling me about her life: about boys and high school and parties. I’m listening, swallowing every word. I don’t have much to tell....
You Don’t Have to ACT Strong, You Can BE Strong

You Don’t Have to ACT Strong, You Can BE Strong

“What doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger.”  You’d think being a nearly 30-year cancer survivor, that I’d love this adage.  But I don’t. Why not?  Because it doesn’t offer any advice about how I get from here—to there.  It doesn’t offer me any wisdom as...
My Cancer Story: An Interview With My Younger Brother

My Cancer Story: An Interview With My Younger Brother

My cancer story has been hard for me to write and share. When my first post on this website went live, which chronicled my diagnosis with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma at 19 years old, my roommate and I spent the whole night talking, crying, and reminiscing about that day. As...
The Post-Cancer Existential Crisis

The Post-Cancer Existential Crisis

Cancer is hard. Really hard. Like, to hell and back hard. So when I became a cancer survivor at 20 years old, I had a newfound lease on life. During chemotherapy, I spent days and days dreaming about returning to school; taking a full course load, going to college...