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.

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