National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week

This week, April 5-11, is National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week. While survival rates for age groups younger and older have improved, survival rates for those diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 15 and 39 have not improved since 1975. As a young survivor of breast cancer, I can tell you that fact is hard to hear. I can also tell you that young adult survivors deal with issues of particular importance to them, including...

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It’s pinktober
Oct01

It’s pinktober

Yes, it’s that time of year again – time for the annual onslaught of pink ribbon marketing. I could tell you about how exploitive I think pink ribbon marketing is. I could rant and rave about how little some of the companies actually give to breast cancer research. I could piss and moan about how some companies give to causes that I don’t even think are worth our dime. (Who ISN’T aware?) But I won’t. I...

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Promise to Danica
Aug26

Promise to Danica

As an active participant of the Young Survival Coalition, I have young survivor friends scattered all over the world. I have the great fortune of seeing many of them every year at the annual conference. One friend I made not long after I started chemo was Danica Martinez. I wrote about her around this time last year. After chemo and surgery, when she thought she was out of the woods, Danica came down with chemo-induced leukemia....

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You know me “when”
Aug06

You know me “when”

I was interviewed today for the magazine column about my blog that will be published in January. I hate being interviewed. My awkwardness in speaking about myself and my inability to think in clear sentences with perfect structure really comes out when I try to answer questions. The whole time, I just think, “if I only I could write these answers – I’d make so much more sense!” I can write about my fabulousness...

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Do-over!
Aug05

Do-over!

So, I had this brilliant plan to recommit myself to my blog and, in the process, find a direction for my writing. I was going to blog every day for 21 days in a row to make a good, positive writing habit in my life. What can I say? I lasted five days. I totally forgot on the sixth day, but then remembered on the seventh day. I thought about back-dating a post right then and there, but decided that wasn’t in the “better...

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I mean, I know I’m beautiful, but a cover model?
Mar27

I mean, I know I’m beautiful, but a cover model?

This could be taking things too far. I am featured in the … well, I guess you would call it the masthead, but it’s really a side graphic of photos on the newsletter for the Young Survival Coalition. I am the sixth from the top.If you would like to read the issue, you can find it here. (Despite my fame and fortune, they have not interviewed me for any article.)And if you would like to learn more about the Young Survival...

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