Alli Ward via Crowdrise
October 20, 2011
I'm Alli Ward and I just want to say.....It’s not okay!
It's not okay that every 8 minutes, a young adult is diagnosed with cancer and every hour a young adult loses their battle to cancer. Cancer is now the #1 disease killer in young adults.
The year I turned 35, I thought I had life under control. I had a good job, a home, semi-nice dating life. I spent my free time outdoors, with my nephews and just finding joy around every corner. Then the big c-bomb was dropped. I was diagnosed with Stage IV Ovarian cancer. At a time when my biggest worry should have been where I want to celebrate with friends after a great day at work, I was in the fight of my life. In the 60 seconds it took for the Dr. to say those horrible 3 words "You have cancer" my life turned a 180. While my family and friends were a great support, I knew no one that was going through something similar. The chemo rooms were filled with older people that talked about fear of not being strong enough to hold their grandchild. My fear was not being able to work, pay the bills, or how to face the long sleepless night when no one is there to comfort you.
That is, until I discovered the I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation, the largest support community of young adult survivors and caregivers in the US. Online at http:/
/StupidCancer.com, they give survivors like me a voice and raise awareness for the unique issues that I face as a young adult; issues like isolation, fertility, sexuality, dating, insurance, career building and more.
Their annual conference, the OMG! Cancer Summit for Young Adults, is a pivotal event that brings together hundreds of young adult survivors and caregivers for a one-of-a- kind experience of healing, education and community. No one should go through cancer alone. The OMG! Cancer Summit makes this possible.
Please support my efforts to ensure that I, and hundreds of other survivors like me, get the chance to attend this event, experience the support and community I need and make a difference for thousands of young adults affected by cancer.
Here is what others have had to say about this event in the past:
“The OMG! Summit taught me to keep fighting, be my own advocate and never give up, no matter what the doctor says.”
“Through the OMG! Summit, I made so many new connections. I can't wait to spread more awareness about young adult cancer.”
“What an amazing, life-changing and inspiring weekend.”
"I loved meeting new people at the OMG! Summit. Seeing old friends and being inspired by the enormity of our community has helped me to get busy living."