YACCtivist: Ashley B. (she/her)

YACCtivist: Ashley B. (she/her)

I identify as a Canadian woman and multi-cancer survivor.

Hey! My name is Ashley, I use she/her pronouns, and I am a self-proclaimed, (almost) life-long cancer warrior.

My first cancer diagnosis of neuroblastoma came when I was just two-years-old, followed by my second diagnosis of papillary thyroid cancer at 18. I have had a variety of treatments for my cancers, including chemotherapy, radiation, an autologous stem cell transplant, surgeries, and radioactive iodine therapy. One side effect I have from my treatments is my permanent, high-pitched hearing loss in both ears. I am happy to say that I have been in remission since 2020.

I first connected with YACC in 2019, shortly after my second cancer diagnosis. I had initially heard about the organization through Shave for the Brave events in my community, and I was looking forward to connecting with others who understood what I was going through. After attending my first Localife event, I was inspired to become even more involved in the YACC community, and have attended many events since then. 

In my day-to-day life, I am a full-time business student at MUN who works on the side. I have been involved with various local non-profits, both through volunteering and employment. In my spare time, I love hanging out with my cats while crocheting, playing video games, or baking. 

I am very excited to take on this role as YACCtivist so I can share my experiences and make more connections within the community.

Diagnosis: Neuroblastoma and papillary thyroid cancer

Age at diagnosis: 2 and 18

Location: NL

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