Posts by Hannah Starkey

In September of 2018, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 24. I quickly found myself unable to cope and accept my illness. I wanted to know more about what other young adults experienced. So I did what I always do when I don’t understand something: research. I started with some keywords: cancer / hodgkin’s lymphoma / young adult / female Kinda sounds like a dating profile, doesn’t it? I scrolled through about 15 pages before becoming frustrated. The only results I found were from cancer.org, WebMD, or scholastic articles. All good sources for information- but not what I was looking for. I took a different approach and still came up short. Then I looked specifically for blogs. I found some, but not many. The point is, I want to be able to send my words into the inter-web so that its there for others and myself. I hope that the words written within this website reaches someone who needs it. I hope it reaches someone like me who has so many unanswered questions. All I can do is share what I’ve experienced and how I coped with it. If you have cancer, young or not, please know that you aren’t alone. And if you don’t have cancer but just want to read because you care, I encourage it and I love you and appreciate you. xoxo Hannah

The Second Wind: Surviving Cancer

by Hannah Starkey April 12, 2019

When I think of the word “survivor”, it doesn’t feel like it applies to me. Although I’ve been in remission for nearly three months, it’s still like, holy shit, I had cancer.

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Failed Magic Tricks

by Hannah Starkey March 7, 2019

I’m in line trying to buy my vegetables and pay the cashier but when she says it’ll be $62.48, I shut down. I remember I have cash and I fumble with it and I hand her the money and when she says I’m $12 short I fumble some more to count the money and I […]

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Insane in the Chemo Brain: Insane in the Brain!

by Hannah Starkey February 14, 2019

Then some weird, wild stuff started happening to me. It all started when I was having a conversation with someone. I was trying to tell her that I got a new type of…what’s it called…uh, that stuff you put on your toothbrush and then it cleans your teeth…uh, toothpaste? Yeah! That’s it! Toothpaste!

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