Not too young for cancer

By Marilyn Smulders, DalNews

Ten years ago, Shali Manuel was struggling to complete her undergraduate degree at Dalhousie. Something just wasn’t right. She was gaining weight. Her hair was falling out and she was exhausted.

I was sent to every specialist for every symptom, she says, now finishing a master’s degree in health promotion. When the diagnosis was finally made thyroid cancer it was almost a relief to put a name on it.

She had surgery followed by radioactive iodine treatment and, cancer-free, felt like a whole new person.

But it struck her, as she attended conferences and attempted to learn more about the disease, where were the other young people? People in their 20s, who like her, had to put their education or jobs on hold as they dealt with the disease?

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