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My Cancer Research Got Published!

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Totally worth surviving cancer 2x! My first article published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal as first author. “What do adolescents and young adults want from cancer resources? Insights from a Delphi panel of AYA patients,” published in the Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer. Click HERE for the full article. More importantly, findings from this […]

Dear Shingles, Quit Riding My Ass

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It always only lines up in retrospect–the consecutive days of splitting headaches upon waking, nerve pain coursing through my body, and extreme fatigue. But sometimes headaches are an independent event, nerve pain can be attributed to post-herpetic neuralgia, and I live with chronic fatigue as a consequence of permanent lung injury regardless. So, it’s hard […]

Five Years Ago Today, I Got Fitted (for a Radiation Mask) & Became Jade Gangster

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Five years ago today, in the thick of scary drastic cancer treatments, I wrote this documentation of what it was like to get fitted for a radiation mask. At the time, I was only writing for my private care circle of generous-AF-good-hearted helpers. For some reason, this particular post generated some very moving responses from […]

Outliving A Loved One–In Loving Memory of My Uncle

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“No offense, but I hope I outlive you,” I laughed, after explaining that I was given an 80% chance of 2-3 years before the cancer returned. “You should do,” Uncle Ian replied. But now that Uncle Ian has actually left the world, I wish I didn’t outlive him. I was just playing. He’s leaving behind […]

Survivorship in Communities of Color–You Are Not Alone! #AintIaSurvivor

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Black, brown, yellow, mixed-race, shame, stigma, religion, family or none, bone marrow challenges due to race, why we (people of color) don’t participate in existing programs, and how we won’t go down like death by a million papercuts! Oh, we went there and back and we’re ready to do it again! Yesterday, at #CancerCON in […]