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Facing Chemo on BUZZFEED today!

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If you haven’t heard my story already, the quotes in this BuzzFeed article nicely highlight how Robert Houser​ ended up photographing my baldness on a rainy day in my tiny San Francisco apartment, subsequently growing Facing Chemo, a photographic project and the Facing Light Foundation​. I first met Bob when he photographed me for a […]

Instapeer App – Links up young adults with cancer

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[SHARE IF YOU CARE] Cancer is lonely. One of the indignities I faced was always being the youngest patient at the hospital or clinic by at least 30 years. But there are actually over 70,000 young adults who get diagnosed with cancer each year. Here’s an app that instantly links them up with each other […]

3 Tips for When Christmas Sucks 

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It’s not lost on most people that the holiday season and all its purported merry-ness actually makes many of us feel some other type of way. So, I’m here to admit that despite my own contribution to Instagram glitter from Christmas happyland, this Christmas actually kinda sucked for me. Sorry, Instagram isn’t real. They lying […]

Fill Up My Solo Cup

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This weekend, I had my first alcoholic bevie in five years–ending an initially necessary, but subsequently unnecessary, self-imposed, nonsectarian period of abstinence. Here’s why … Five years ago, after getting news that I was in remission, I toasted my victory with a celebratory glass of Cabernet raised high. But shortly after I tossed back that […]

Believe That–Researching AYA Cancer with Dr. Brad Zebrack

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When I first thought about pursuing a PhD on surviving young adult cancer, I checked out what had already been done, Googling “young adult cancer survivorship,” “young adult cancer psychosocial,” and “aya cancer social work.” (AYA stands for adolescent and young adult.) The first search term produced 4 out of the first 10 articles authored by […]