Not today, cancer: 6 stories of motivation from young survivors – GLOBAL

October 13, 2022

Acancer diagnosis at any age is life-changing.

But for young people, it can often feel extra unfair. It’s a time when their adult lives begin to take shape — they’re starting careers and families, working toward financial independence, travelling and setting life goals.

A cancer diagnosis for a young person also means they’re grappling with issues that might not be as pertinent to older folks: body image, dating and intimacy are all affected by cancer treatment, and there are often snap decisions that need to be made about family planning and fertility before cancer treatment starts.

At a time when they’re focusing on building more independence, a cancer diagnosis can force them into a place where they need to depend on others more than they would like. It can also be very isolating; because cancer is rare in those between the ages of 18 and 40, it can be tough to find peers who understand and can empathize.

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