The week of April 5-11, 2009 has been recognized nationwide as Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week. This is important on so many levels but more importantly for myself and my family, because we recognize it every day.
I was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 17 and given a very poor prognosis (I’m going on 31 now and "Living the Dream".) I have watched my mother die a slow and painful death with lung cancer, in my mid 20’s. My family has currently been hit again with my Uncle’s diagnosis of cancer. This illness has no eyes to see color, sex, or economic background. It simple invades our lives and affects each and everyone of us in some direct or indirect manner. Live the dream every day because no one is promised tomorrow, regardless of their situation.
Earth Times reported:
Nearly 70,000 young adults in their 20s and 30s are diagnosed with cancer each year and it is the leading disease killer among 20 to 39 year olds. Young adults with cancer have had less survival improvement than other age groups and strides made in cancer treatment have bypassed young adults, who also have the lowest participation rate in clinical trials of any age group.
Vital Options International has provided a plethora of resources and information through their website to better educate and bring together the cancer community. They have a wonderful collection of videos and trendier marketing materials for young adult cancer survivors.
Planet Cancer is another wonderful resource for young cancer survivors. These websites take the edge off being diagnosed or dealing with cancer. Take it from someone that knows, truly knows.
If you want to support your local cancer groups please donate your time, money, or resources to any of the following:
- Cancer Association of Anderson
- Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
- American Cancer Society in South Carolina