Jen’s Corner

Meet Jen Anand. Every week Jen will be providing a new tip or two on approaching life during and after cancer to help inspire others. Jen was diagnosis with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in January 2012, followed by chemotherapy and radiation treatments for 8 months. Jen is now a survivor and just celebrated her 5 year anniversary this year as cancer free!

5 Tips for College Scholarships

by Jennifer Anand August 20, 2019

Cancer is expensive. You don’t have to be a genius to figure that out! Going to college during/after cancer is no easy feat, so to have to pay for it to is quite a challenge! During high school, I always counted on working before and through college to help pay for college.

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Cancer Triggers

by Jennifer Anand August 14, 2019

I was sitting in church, intently listening to the sermon, when that familiar tickle hit my throat. You know the one. Somewhere on the side of your throat where normal swallowing won’t reach. Followed by an intense coughing fit, which for me will be followed by loud gagging sounds.

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Turning 25

by Jennifer Anand August 6, 2019

Living with cancer. On Monday I’ll turn 25. It doesn’t seem possible that just 7 years ago I never would have dreamed of reaching this birthday.

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Thank you Caregivers: A Father’s Day Letter

by Jennifer Anand July 23, 2019

As we continue to focus July’s content on caregivers, Jen Anand digs out from her archives a letter to her Father thanking him for all the help and support he has been during her cancer journey.  This is a big thank you to all the amazing caregivers out there!  We can’t do this without you. […]

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Parenting Young Adults with Cancer

by Jennifer Anand July 2, 2019

You’re our parents. You know us at our best and our worst. Heck, you created us! But you are our parents. Every time we look at your face, we see the pain of our hearts reflected in our eyes.

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Cancer Memorial Day

by Jennifer Anand June 25, 2019

I know the war analogy is used so much for cancer. And I know it can be so unkind and horrid to say someone “lost their battle,” implying they weren’t stronger enough or good enough to win. I’ve heard many arguments not to keep talking about “the fight,” but I think it really works.

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Thriving Cancer

by Jennifer Anand June 18, 2019

Thriver doesn’t define my cancer status. It tells you nothing of where I’m at on my cancer journey. It tells you that I’m here, showing up and doing what I can. It doesn’t define me to have finished cancer treatments. It means I’m doing the best I can, where I am, at this point in my life.

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Sam LiBassi

by Jennifer Anand April 30, 2019

One night, after the mid-week prayer service, his dad solemnly went to the podium and shared how Sam was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma. Time seemed to stand still. Sam ate so healthy and was so active. He was so full of life it didn’t seem real that he would have cancer.

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Finding My Hope

by Jennifer Anand April 16, 2019

My “last meal” pre-hospitalizaiton was actually a delicious corned beef dinner. My transplant was the day after St. Patty’s day. Every year

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Keep Calm and Carry On

by Jennifer Anand April 9, 2019

Living with Scanxiety. I gained a pound and a half!!! I never in my life thought I’d celebrate gaining weight. I’ve always been on the well-endowed side of life and have always been trying to lose weight.

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