Posts by Mallory Casperson

Mallory is the CEO and Founder of Lacuna Loft. She has an MS and half a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During her Master’s and PhD, Mallory worked with the Air Force Research Lab as well as NASA on high temperature metal fatigue experiments and simulations. She left graduate school in August 2013 and launched a nonprofit, Lacuna Loft, in April 2015. Applying her love for engineering and technology to her nonprofit endeavor, Mallory manages operations, programs, and development at Lacuna Loft where online support programs and resources are provided to young adult cancer survivors and caregivers in the comfort of their own homes. Mallory is an avid lover of animals, running, swimming, hiking, being outside, reading, making things, and TV or movie marathons.

Surviving As A Caregiver

by Mallory Casperson October 7, 2019

Though I’m a young adult cancer survivor, having been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 24, I first heard the words ‘you have cancer’ said to my mother 2 years before my own diagnosis. 

Read More...

Moving Connection Online

by Mallory Casperson May 23, 2019

It is not enough to just survive cancer.  Through an online community and online programs, young adult cancer survivors can connect with one another, validate one another’s concerns, and thereby reclaim their post-cancer lives alongside those who understand.  They can regain control over their lives post-cancer and thrive. 

Read More...

Being On A Budget With Cancer

by Mallory Casperson October 26, 2018

Let’s get real people.  Cancer is expensive!  Have no fear though…there is still a way to enjoy life and spend less money while doing so 🙂 Here are 10 tips for being on a budget while dealing with cancer… 1. Don’t go anywhere you like to spend money.

Read More...

Things I’ve Learned While Applying For New Healthcare Coverage

by Mallory Casperson

Applying for new health care coverage is a stressful and time consuming process.  There are definitely some tricks of the trade though, and equipped with the right information you’ll be able to apply in no time!  Didn’t see our last post about health care coverage?  Go here! don’t be shy…ask questions! My cancer treatments and […]

Read More...

This Should Never Happen

by Mahalia Breen

A former student of mine posted this link to a GoFundMe page a young woman set up before committing suicide. The subtext of her suicide note is that she didn’t feel worth the cost of the treatment necessary to keep her alive, and she didn’t want to be a financial burden to her family any […]

Read More...

After A Mastectomy You Get New Boobs! Yay! Wait, Not Really…

by Karen

When I tell people about my mastectomy and breast reconstruction, I receive lots of support, many questions and even some rude comments. The most frequent thing I hear from both women and men is “at least you will get perky boobs” (insert awkward laugh here)

Read More...

Rethinking Body Image: Remember To Love Yourself

by Clarissa Schilstra

When I first started going on dates and had my first relationship (which wasn’t until sophomore year of college), I was incredibly nervous. Not only was I late in the game compared to many of my peers, but I was also incredibly self-conscious. Sure, I had the same questions running through my head that most girls consider – does he really like me, does he think I’m pretty, will he ask me out again?

Read More...

5 Tips For Navigating Sex And Intimacy After Cancer

by Natalie Hatjes

There are many physical and emotional changes after cancer that can affect sex and intimacy. Read more on ways to cope with and embrace this new normal in your bedroom.  This post is for the ladies out there! They are the words no one wants to hear: “You have cancer.”

Read More...

Let’s Talk About Sex

by Mallory Casperson

This post is brought to us by Jennifer!  If you missed her interview with Lacuna Loft, you can find it here!  You can find all of her posts here. “Let’s talk about sex, baby. Let’s talk about you and me.”

Read More...

Chair Yoga for All!

by Kelsey

Using props in restorative yoga can provide support to our bodies as they open up.  Blocks, straps, mats, walls, exercise balls, and more are all used during classes.

Read More...
:-)