Elyse Franco via Crowdrise
March 25, 2014
Hey everybody! :)
The past year and a half has been a whirlwind. Let's briefly recap...
- Dec 2012: Diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin's Lymphoma
- Jan 2013: Started bi-weekly chemo treatments
- Feb 2013: Bye bye hair :(
- Apr 2013: Made a complete healthy lifestyle change by being active and eating clean, whole foods; started my health & wellness blog
- Jun 2013: Finished chemo treatments!
- Sometime over the summer: changed my career path towards health and wellness
- Oct/Nov 2013: 3 weeks of radiation, met my weight loss goal
- Jan 2014: Clean PET scans! YAY!
I discovered what I am passionate about and what I want to do with my life. I learned so much and made changes to my lifestyle that I never thought possible - and I have never been happier. I still encounter daily struggles like anybody else, but my experiences help me to deal with them in the healthiest way possible.
Soon I'm going to be 21 (WOO!). For my birthday, all I want is a donation from my friends and family, no matter how small, to this charity called Stupid Cancer. I've fought my battle, and will continue to fight, and now I want to help this orgnization help millions of other young adults to fight their battles as well.
Having cancer has taught me that 'things' don't reall matter - clothes, hairstyles, etc. aren't what makes a person's life amazing. The people you surround yourself with, and what you make of your situation - that is what makes any life worth living.
I'm hoping to attend the OMG 2014 Cancer Summit in April, and I couldn't be more excited to connect with other young adult survivors that have fought and conquered like I have, and then some. Events like this are part of what will make my life amazing, and help me to make others' lives amazing!
Thank you so very much!! :)
STUPID CANCER wrote -
Young adults, a largely unknown group in the war on cancer, account for 72,000 new diagnoses each year. That's one every eight minutes. Young adults (including long-term survivors of childhood cancer) are an underserved age group by way of their sheer isolation and lack of connection to age-appropriate programs, peers and support resources that restore dignity and connect them to relevant tools to get busy living. Various reasons and circumstances can cause young adults diagnosed with cancer to feel isolated or unsupported. The OMG! Summit helps those young adults to find other people just like them in a weekend of healing, education and community.
The OMG! Cancer Summit is the premier oncology conference and social networking event for the young adult cancer movement. The signature program of Stupid Cancer, the OMG! Cancer Summit, now in its 7th year, has become a pivotal healthcare event, converging several key industry sectors and mobilize thousands of patients, survivor and caregivers around the world to get organized, build community and unite to drive change.
Join our team and support our efforts to ensure that young adult survivors get the chance to attend this event and participate in a life-affirming weekend of support, education, community and hope.
Stupid cancer. Survivors rule.
Here is what participants have said about this event in the past:
“I had the single most memorable time of my life at the OMG! Cancer Summit. Thank you so much for changing my life.”
“There are no words to adequately describe how amazing it is to be in a room filled with hundreds of other people who ‘get it.’”
“The OMG! Summit taught me to keep fighting, be my own advocate and never give up, no matter what the doctor says.”