Chronically Illin’ with Cancer Gets Real

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Young Cancer Patients as Future Leaders in the Global Knowledge Economy


Hyped and humbled about publishing my first sole-authored article in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. I am immensely grateful to my mentors and colleagues for their feedback and encouragement that made this contribution possible. I hope that my scholarship will one day improve the life a young person facing the devastation of a cancer diagnosis. Definitely worth surviving cancer twice to do.

Cheung, C.K. (2018). “Young cancer patients as future leaders in the global knowledge economy.” Cancer Therapy and Oncology International Journal. 10(4).



To all cancer patients who wish to simply be seen, without judgment of whether they are glass half-full or half-empty people. Flashback from my last trip to Tahoe, before lung damage from radiation set in and has since kept me from adventures at altitude.

Big thanks to Aileen & Jimmy Chu for making that final trip happen.

📸 Andria Lo

CNN Got My Embodied Research Covered!


Honored and humbled to contribute both my embodied research and personal experiences with cancer technologies in this CNN story by Susan Scutti. Congrats to Teen Cancer America on their 2017 Global AYA Cancer Congress success. I’m looking forward to 2018, when our global squad will meet in Sydney, Australia, to keep working on better outcomes for adolescent and young adult cancer patients.

Teen, Young Adult Cancer Patients Fall Through the Cracks: Can Technology Help?

It’s DOCTA Jade Gangsta, If Ya Nasty


On June 16, 2017, Malcolm dog and I walked in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs graduation ceremony at Royce Hall. I finished my PhD in Social Welfare! My dissertation was entitled, Occupied with Cancer: Trajectories of Employment/Education and Psychological Distress among Socioculturally Diverse Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Patients.

When I began doctoral studies at UCLA, I did not think that I would finish. My last cancer prognosis gave me an 80% chance of 2-3 years before the lymphoma would return. It wasn’t a secret. All my people back in the SF Bay Area knew. But when I relocated to Los Angeles, I kept this prognosis from my colleagues until more recently. They didn’t need to know. Back then, I was content with the idea that being a doctoral student would be my final gig. So, lucky me. Even though the most important degree in my professional career will forever be my humbling GED, living long enough and healthy enough to earn a PhD is pretty dope too.

I got so many mahalos and so much aloha for my impressive squad of mentors, friends, relatives, and clinicians (y’all know who you are). Cos let’s be honest, there’ve been folks who tried to get in my way across these years. But my good people have been such an important part of supporting me through the vicissitudes of life before, during, and after cancer hit 2x. I could not have done this without their love, compassion, big laughs, practical help, and tolerance.

In August, I will begin my new role as a tenure-track assistant professor at the University of Hawai’i – Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work.

I can not tell you how happy I am right now. It would be ridiculous to try.

Black Cancer Girl Magic


It’s #ColorectalCancerAwarenessMonth. Young people, Black people, and women people get colorectal cancer too! I’m honored to ink this laugh-cry-laugh-cry story of Chellese Parker and Iman Perry to tell you how it is…

The fact that their table was the only one with a grip of cancerous people of color (POC) at CancerCON, made me ask to join them – for all the same reasons why all the Black kids in the cafeteria sit together in elementary school.

After seeing that the situation was so white at the largest national conference for young adults with cancer, Chellese Parker and Iman Perry took to social media with the conference hashtag and started liking pics posted by POCs at the conference, who subsequently liked them back, and later linked up with them at the meet and greet.

“We did that on purpose,” said Chellese. “Being Black girls is a big part of who we are. Pride in our culture, relishing that, and Black girl magic is abundant in our circle of friends.”

Admittedly, most of us had no idea that the world of young adult cancer advocacy (a.k.a. AYA cancer) would be so white until we arrived. “I know that Black people get cancer, and that cancer doesn’t discriminate. So, I didn’t think that POCs would be so scarce,” said Chellese. “People of color need each other in a way that I don’t know if white people need? And maybe they don’t need each other, because they already have each other. So, it’s not on their radar.” Continue reading →