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Cancer healing: Virtual connections are just as good as in-person ones

Cancer healing: Virtual connections are just as good as in-person ones

“A hug is healing, simple connection and solidarity will do, and you can do that virtually. YACC opened their ears and eyes wider to what we are doing online, and they continue to strive to meet us there.”

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The one time my body let me down: My story for far too long

The one time my body let me down: My story for far too long

YACCtivist Gabrielle writes about the source of her health anxiety, and discusses how she’s reframing her feelings about trusting her body.

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The hardest part about being a YACCer

The hardest part about being a YACCer

“The worst part of YACC is when we lose our friends, but the best part of YACC is they always got your back.”

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Six month check in: Living with cancer in a pandemic

Six month check in: Living with cancer in a pandemic

“I accepted a job days before the world changed. What if I would be redeployed to a COVID+ unit? Would I be safe? Was my body more vulnerable than others as the scars littered across my chest and abdomen might suggest? After almost six years out of treatment, I was angry that my vulnerable health might once again threaten what I had planned for my life. COVID-19 changed all the rules.”

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My emotional roller coaster

My emotional roller coaster

With a surplus of alone time during the COVID-19 quarantine, Jennifer found herself learning to cope with past traumas and emotions.

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Planning for the future when the future is uncertain

Planning for the future when the future is uncertain

“For a really long time, the thought of making plans for the future or looking forward to things was a very scary thought.”

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Waiting on scan results

Waiting on scan results

YACCtivist Jennifer Ryan writes about what she’s doing while she waits for the results from her yearly whole body scan.

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Flattening COVID-19 one kilometre at a time

Flattening COVID-19 one kilometre at a time

“Inspired by my rekindled love for rollerblading, we are pumped and ready to roll out Roller Brave — a cross-Canada, virtual, simultaneous relay aimed at raising funds to support YACC’s support programs.”

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Life’s lessons

Life’s lessons

“Life has taught me over and over again that my plans and goals and timelines can be disrupted or erased at a moment’s notice. I struggle to let go of the illusion of control.”

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Cancer and COVID-19: An update

Cancer and COVID-19: An update

“The time to tell your story is now. No more waiting. No one person can ever be loud enough to be heard over the multitudes. But it doesn’t matter; you deserve to be heard and to be listened to.”

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The changing waters of my infertility and grief

The changing waters of my infertility and grief

“I was convinced I could pack away the pain of my infertility and lock it away. But grief is not so easily contained.”

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Truly recognizing support after your cancer journey

Truly recognizing support after your cancer journey

“In order to figure out my future, I think it’s important I recognize my wonderful past, and the people that make me smile today.”

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Menopause & hormone therapy as a young adult

Menopause & hormone therapy as a young adult

I surveyed to my fellow YACCers to get some tips, tricks, and advice to hopefully help others who are dealing with cancer-related menopause.

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Stronger together: How YACC Web: Chats have helped me move forward with my life after cancer

Stronger together: How YACC Web: Chats have helped me move forward with my life after cancer

“Knowing that I have a group of people who will be there every week to listen and who can relate to what I am going through not only brings to me a sense of security and confidence that I am not alone, but also validation that the struggles we all face are real, but yet manageable when we have the courage to face them head-on.”

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Tell me what you need: Asking for help from your caregivers

Tell me what you need: Asking for help from your caregivers

Gabrielle knows it can be hard to ask for help, so she compiled 39 specific ways you can ask for support when you need it.

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