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Living with Cancer at 34

Despite my diagnosis, I am still alive and want to be treated as such. Don't pity me - let's talk about something else, like the latest shade on the hottest gossip site.

Cancer's Ups and Downs

The Hardest Part

Dealing with the physical and emotional toll of chemotherapy and radiation has been the most difficult aspect of my journey.

The Bright Spots

The love and support of friends and family, and finding humor in even the most difficult moments, have kept me going.

What I've Learned

Cancer has taught me to appreciate every moment, always be kind, and let go of the things that don't matter.

Being a Young Adult with Cancer

The Loneliness

Most cancer patients are either children or older adults, so it's hard to find people who understand what I'm going through.

The Financial Strain

Cancer treatment can be expensive, and missing work for appointments can add to the stress.

The Silver Lining

I've met some amazing people through support groups and online communities who have helped me cope and navigate my way through this difficult time.

The Cancer Experience


Going through cancer has given me greater understanding and compassion for others facing illness or hardship.


Cancer has also inspired me to become an advocate for better healthcare access and treatment options.


I've discovered strength and resilience I never knew I had, and I'm determined to use it to make the most out of my life.

Let's Clear Up Some Misconceptions

You Can't "Catch" Cancer

Cancer is not contagious, and being around someone with cancer does not put you at risk.

Removing Sugar Won't Cure You

While a healthy diet is important, there is no evidence that eliminating sugar will cure cancer.

It's Not Just an "Old Person's Disease"

Young adults can and do get cancer, and it's important to raise awareness about this issue.

My New Perspective

The Beauty in Small Moments

I no longer take the little things for granted, like the feeling of sunshine on my skin or the taste of my favorite food.

Living Without Regrets

I don't want to waste any more time on negativity or regret - life's too short for that.

The Importance of Connection

Cancer has shown me how important it is to connect with others, whether through humor, empathy, or just a shared love of tacos.

You Can Make a Difference

If you or someone you love has been affected by cancer, consider donating to cancer research organizations or volunteering at a local hospital. Every little bit helps.


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