8 months out and chemotherapy is finally at a halt.
On May 24th 2013 I was diagnosed with pericardial mesothelioma: cancer plain and simple.
Month and a multitude of minor surgeries and biopsy produced the diagnosis and after that four to six weeks of recovery from the surgery to remove it. Six months of chemotherapy and here I am thirty pounds heavier with at least six scars on my chest. I still go back for scans that involve radiation.
Cancer has become apart of my life. It has made its mark that will last forever. Some physical and some mental - but I find myself searching for more.
I want to be the survivor. I want to YOLO until I can YOLO no more (of course not going to crazy with the carpe diem.) I want to live by the words that haven't crossed my mind since high school - "make a difference in the world one small act at a time."
Thank you for those who have supported me. I am humbled and very grateful. It is hard to describe in words all how much every piece of the support and love I've seen means to me and I hope that through this experience I can also share that love and support to the world.
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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.”
Who does the money go to?
All donations and proceeds go to Stupid Cancer.
What is Stupid Cancer? What do they do?
“Stupid Cancer is a non-profit organization that empowers those affected by young adult cancer through innovative and award-winning programs and services. We are the nation's premier patient advocate for this underserved population and serve as a bullhorn for the young adult cancer movement
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.”- http://stupidcancer.org/
Are these donations tax-free?
YES, they are ultimately going to send a receipt to your inbox after your donation so you can use take advantage of a tax deduction.
How does this help you?
As I reach certain donation milestones I do receive a little help:
$500.00 - will reimburse the $100.00 registration fee.
$2000.00 - will reimburse $600.00 for accommodations.
While I'm sure it'd make the costs easier to bare every penny donated goes to an amazing cause and for those who didn't know what to gift me for the holidays or my birthday please consider donating to this campaign and sharing it on your page.
I don’t know what to get your for your birthday or the holidays/ I forgot to get you a gift when you were doing your whole cancer thing (<-Kidding, maybe.)/ I need some Karma points!
PERFECT, donate and know your donation does not only help me but others. It shows the world that you care and that it matters!