Patients

The stories and experiences in this category are written by people currently going through treatments for cancer. Read these stories to find inspiration and know that you are not alone in your fight with cancer.

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Studying Resilience Among AYAs

by Urska Kosir June 5, 2020

Mental health matters. Mental health impact of cancer can be bigger than the physical aspect of it. Mental health aspect of cancer needs to stop being a taboo.

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Crocs and Socks: Bringing Hope Through Treatment 

by Rachel Mihalko June 1, 2020

I stood in front of my dresser with the top middle drawer sitting open, filled with multicolored socks galore, pulling them out one by one. Trying to find pairs and match them, I was reorganizing for the first time in a long time.

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Because I Can

by Hanna Madsen

I was in Paris when my dad called to confirm that I had cancer. I had just accepted a position in Afghanistan with a French NGO and was in training. I thought about flying to Afghanistan anyway. The position was only for six months. I could treat it after. No one knew I had cancer.

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Masking It

by Anny Carroll May 28, 2020

Recently, I’ve seen numerous people talk about how difficult it is to wear a mask. “It’s too hot.” “I can’t breathe in it.” “It makes me feel claustrophobic.” I’ve had several people ask me how I can possibly stand wearing one all day at work.

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Climbing the Mountain

by Lauren Hindman May 13, 2020

I felt like I was walking on clouds…and surprisingly, that’s not as pleasant as it sounds. It’s almost like there was a disconnect between my feet and the ground.

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It’s OK Not to Be OK

by Jennifer Anand May 4, 2020

It’s OK to struggle. This quarantine time is so hard. I find each day a battle to get out of bed, and lack motivation to start my day, especially when I don’t even know what day it is!

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The Mind, Body, and Soul Series

by Nick Giallourakis April 30, 2020

Sign up and join the young adult communities of the Dear Jack Foundation, Elephants and Tea, and Lacuna Loft during our month-long wellness series in May for an opportunity to connect, grow, and stretch!

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Little Green Light

by Allison Breininger April 13, 2020

That green light became a comfort to me. It was a signal that she was there, available, ready to chat. When I clicked her name and began to type I knew what to expect.

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Patient Information and Self-Advocacy

by Joanna K. Stimmel April 6, 2020

About a year and half after the birth of my second child, I started noticing some blood in my stool. I was otherwise super healthy, I had recently switched to veganism and become an avid exerciser, and in result (or so I thought) lost all the baby weight and felt generally better than at any other point of time in my entire life.

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COVID-19 Pandemic: What You Need to Know to Stay Safe and Reduce Your Risk

by Amelia Baffa March 31, 2020

COVID-19 pandemic is an invisible enemy, its cunning, and an expert in adaption. This is a list of what you need to know to stay safe and reduce risk.

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