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It’s DOCTA Jade Gangsta, If Ya Nasty

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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 […]

The Bobobel Story – Love After Cancer

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As a V-Day nod to Bobo, I’m sharing a peek into our story of finding love after living through adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer three times between us. When I got to Espresso Profeta, he was at the door pulling out his phone. “Hi!” I said, stepping up kind of awkwardly close. I didn’t […]

Hitting 40 After Hitting Cancer 2x

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In my life before cancer, I thought 40 was middle-aged. But after hitting cancer twice, hitting 40 – and any age for that matter – never feels like I’m in the middle of anything, but more like I’m on the edge of something. The last prognosis I was given predicted that I had an 80% […]

Killing Fear In Survivorship–Like Riding A Bike

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It’s been ages since I’ve biked to shrink my carbon footprint. But in my pre-cancerous life, I used to cover great distances on my road bike. Bleh! I hate how that sounds. It’s what people depressingly say when they think their life has already peaked … “I used to (fill in any challenging feat here).” […]