This year, more than 7,000 young adults across Canada have been diagnosed with cancer. While many of us spend the holidays wishing for the latest gadgets, these 7,000 young adults wish for a connection to other young adults who understand what it’s like to deal with cancer. Young adults diagnosed with cancer say they wish to connect with other young adults more than anything else.
Five years ago today, Heather was diagnosed with cervical cancer when she was 27-years-old. Heather was a new mom–her daughter was four-and-a-half-months old. Heather spent her 28th birthday touring the Saskatoon Cancer Centre.
Heather shared her struggles with her family throughout her cancer journey, but two years after treatment, she began to feel anger, bitterness, resentment, sadness, and grief over what cancer took from her. At that time she heard about YACC from a friend after sharing her desire to connect with other cancer survivors on a social media site. Heather attended Survivor Conference in 2011 and Retreat Yourself Alberta in 2013.
“Connecting with YACC and other young adults with cancer has changed my life. I no longer feel like the only young person in the room who has cancer. I know there are people out there just like me, who I can share all my thoughts about cancer, how it has REALLY affected me, and I know that they get it! I now have people I can reach out to when I need, and I feel less isolated and alone,” she said.
Please considering making a one-time or recurring gift this holiday season. With your support, we can give those 7,000 young adults the sense of community they’re wishing for.
Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season,
Live life. Love life.