A look into the lives of young adults with cancer


Are you a young adult dealing with cancer or its after–effects? Or are you a caregiver trying to help a young adult with cancer while also giving them the independence they crave?

These and many other issues are addressed in the YouTube video series, "Good Times and Bald Times," from Seattle Children's Hospital. The series features a circle of young adult survivors who tackle topics, such as nutrition, ports and picc lines and fertility issues. The conversations among the group are candid and emotional.

Sandwiched between adulthood and childhood, young adults can face a unique set of difficulties when faced with a cancer diagnosis. Thanks to the movie 50/50 and organizations, such as i'm too young for this! cancer foundation, Planet Cancer and First Descents, the young adult cancer movement is gaining recognition for having their own needs and voices.

At the end of March, I'll be traveling to Las Vegas to cover the OMG! Cancer Summit for Young Adults and bring back the latest on issues, including self image and how to manage a career after cancer. Let us know what issues you want us to cover or find at the Summit.



I would love to see more press coverage for organizations that offer direct financial assistance to young adult cancer survivors. So many amazing organizations out there just waiting to be discovered. My favorite is and I am sure there are more like them just waiting to be shared.
- Posted by Amelia Brighteyes 2/27/12 11:21 PM

I have to say that I don't believe in the diet/tea/yoga sh%t as a way to cmobat all of these illnesses. I have suffered from depression my whole life and have been told over and over that if I just ate this, or didn't eat that, etc, etc, etc. Trust me, if I could eat myself out of depression it would have already been done.I do know a woman who claims to have fought off uterine cancer with diet/herbs/extracts/and whatever else she used. Her cancer was caught at the very earliest stage and when she decided to go that route, she specifically limited herself to a time period. "Doctors, please give me X amount of time to see if I can kick this on my own. If I haven't we'll try your way." Somehow she did it. Miracle, maybe?What gets me about her story is that she had always been a woman who chose her diet carefully, she took herbs and extracts, did yoga, massage, all those things. How did she end up with cancer in the first place? (I mean if you go by the thought of diets and such being able to cure cancer, you'd think it would be able to prevent it as well).
- Posted by Emiliano 3/5/12 2:48 AM

Amen!I hate to see those stories about kids with lruabce cancers that are not getting treatment. It is so sad.It is funny, when I was on chemo I could rarely enjoy fruits and vegetables. They made me feel sick. I normally love them. I mainly could only stomach starchy stuff. I still remember one day when I felt well enough to eat a ripe and juicy peach, and really enjoy it. I felt like I had gone to heaven - such a simple thing but that memory is still so strong even 7 years later.Once cancer starts, diet is not going to cure it. Period.Eat well. Excercise. Stay involved. Keep your brain active. Do good deeds. Make a difference. Laugh and love. Live each day. In the end, life is going to kill us all no matter what, so enjoy the trip and be kind to others and to animals along the way. :)
- Posted by Rosana 3/5/12 9:22 AM


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