I’m part of the “invisible generation” of young adults with cancer

At 35 years old, I defined myself as a mortgage analyst, wife and mother. I never expected to add colon cancer survivor to that list, especially at this age. But I soon found myself part of the “invisible generation” of cancer patients — too old for pediatrics, but too young for traditional adult cancer care. … Continue reading I’m part of the “invisible generation” of young adults with cancer

How one teen is beating cancer odds and achieving her dream

What should have been a normal PSAT for 16-year-old Kenzie Kelley turned out to be much more — a persistent nosebleed during the test would be her first sign of leukemia. “They brought me to the nurse’s office and my nose was still bleeding,” Kenzie said. Nothing would stop the bleeding. That’s when she began … Continue reading How one teen is beating cancer odds and achieving her dream

Cancer survivor celebrates life after lymphoma in a big way

My 21-year-old self would have never imagined not only living this long, but to have REALLY lived. No, I guess I never thought I would die. But, after being told three separate times that I had a life-threatening disease, I struggled with envisioning a life beyond infusion rooms, anesthesia, and needles puncturing my flesh inviting … Continue reading Cancer survivor celebrates life after lymphoma in a big way

The Power of Connection: How Peer Support Can Dramatically Change Your Cancer Experience

When I was 24, I was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML), a rare blood cancer with a median diagnosis age of 65 years old. Every visit to the oncology office reinforced this statistic. There were older individuals, and there was me. These experiences made me feel like cancer was irrelevant, and the disconnect eventually became a … Continue reading The Power of Connection: How Peer Support Can Dramatically Change Your Cancer Experience