katie kostashuk via Crowdrise
October 06, 2011
I 2 Y - I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation Inc wrote -
70,000 Americans between 15-39 are diagnosed with cancer each year. That's one every eight minutes. This is not OK!
It all started back in November of 2008. I just went through a terrible break up with my then boyfirend of 4 years. I began to feel extremely tired during the next few months and would frequently feel ill and vomitt. I know gross eh? Anyways, the first thought that may come to mind is, HELL NO, I CAN'T BE PREGNANT! NO I WASN'T PREGNANT! I began to tell myself that it was just stress from the break-up and having to move back in with my parents. No biggie, I 'll get over it right? So I then begin to start experiencing a weird symptom that I like to call "brain fog". Think of it as constantly feeling like your in a dream, or like you've taken too much cough medicine. Sounds awesome right? Not really, when you know that you're not dreaming and that you haven't acxcidently ingested too much cough syrup. Anyways, after sleeping for nearly 3 days straight, my mom dragged me to the doctors for blood wprk. Turns out my thyroid levels were insanely low, but not to worry, taking a pill everyday for the rest of my like would fix the problem with little side effects. Great problem solved. Now I can get back to life right? Wrong! About4 months later I began to experience the same symptoms as before. Now that I was fimiliar with these symptoms, I saw my doctor and has a blood test done to check my thyroid levels. He called me back a few days later to inform me that my thyroid was normal, but that my white blood cell count(WBC) was extremely high and he asked if I had the flu? I told him that other than being tired and suffering from the occassional brain fog, I felt fine. He wanted me to have another test done to check out any abnormalities in my blood that could be causing an elevated WBC. He tested for everything. It came back negative for any infections and my WBC was dramatically increasing. He then referred me to a blood specialist/oncologist at the cancer centre the very next day. "Everything is fine, this is just a precaution" me and my sister would tell ourselves everytime a staff would say good luck to us. My oncologist was excellent and prepared us for the worst. She suspected that it was leukemia with the test results she received already, but required a bone marrow sample to be sure. This would be the most painful procedure I would ever have. My sister couldn't be in the room because she hyad my 4 month old niece with her and the room the procedure was being done in was close to the radiation treatment area. Luckily my oncology nurse was just as good as a stand in for my sister. 3 days later I received the diagnosis of Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia. From that day on, I have received endless support from my family, friends, co-workers and strangers, as well as the I2Y I'm Too Young For This Cancer Foundation Inc.
MY GOAL IS TO RAISE ENOUGH MONEY, SO THAT I CAN QUALIFY FOR TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT IN ORDER TO ATTEND THIS YEARS ANNUAL SUMMIT ALONG WITH MY SISTER IN MARCH 2012. PLEASE HELP ME CROSS OFF ANOTHER GOAL ON MY BUCKET LIST, WHIGH IS TO GO TO VEGAS BABY!
The OMG! Cancer Summit is the premiere oncology conference and social networking event for the young adult cancer movement. A program of the I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation, the OMG! Cancer Summit, now in it's 5th year, has become a pivotal healthcare event that inspires thousands of survivors, cargivers and providers—along with scores of academic, advocacy, research and support organizations—to get organized, build community and unite as one to drive change.
Join our team and support efforts to ensure that young adult survivors get the chance to attend this event and participate in a life-affirming weekend of support, education, community and hope.
Stupid cancer. Survivors rule.
“The OMG! Summit taught me to keep fighting, be my own advocate and never give up, no matter what the doctor says.”
"I loved meeting new people as well as seeing old friends in person who I’d only known through Facebook.”
“The OMG! Summit and the sheer enormity of our community has left me more inspired than ever."
“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.”