If you've had any meaningful interaction with me over the last year, aside from the cordial "hi", you know that I've been having a rough year in more ways than one. But one of the biggest was obviously my cancer diagnosis.
If this is news to you, well, we should be keeping in touch more often -- but here's the quick summary. Last October, after several months of seemingly random cough/cold symptoms, I was diagnosed with Stage II Hodgkin's Lymphoma. I had a massive tumor 25cm (almost 10in!) in length, collapsing my right lung, and as my oncologist likes to remind me every opportunity he gets "you came REALLY CLOSE to dying, Paul"......... Kinda devastating (to say the least) considering how hard I had worked to stay healthy and in shape. So, 6 incisions, 6 months of chemo and another month of radiation later, I stand here in remission, as close to my "normal" routine as I can get, and (fingers crossed) Cancer-free for the foreseeable future.
During my treatment I learned about "iy," the "I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation" for other young adults diagnosed with cancer. It put me in touch with resources to learn more about what I was dealing with, what I should expect, and perhaps most importantly, people going through the same exact issues I was. I didn't realize when I was first diagnosed how much I would want to meet others in my situation, or even just other young people who had to grow up a lot faster than they wanted to. Last year I attended the OMG2011 Summit, and it showed me how much there is to gain from being around others, and learning more about cancer in young adults.
This fundraising page may be in my name, but this is to benefit all young adults dealing with cancer, who need help, don't know what to do, who to turn to, or just want to talk to others to see what's in store. Please donate whatever you can spare so that others can attend this year's Summit ($1, $5, collect some spare change every day and donate at the end of the year). If you considered giving me a birthday present, DON'T! ***Donate here instead!!*** Your money will go to a much better cause!
Plus it's in VEGAS!! Are you really going to stand between a Cancer survivor and a trip to Vegas? Haven't we been through enough??? ;)
Please help out. I'd really appreciate it!!! And please feel free to learn more about iy and all of the amazing things they do at http://www.stupidcancer.com/