70,000 Americans between 15-39 are diagnosed with cancer each year. That's one every 8 minutes. This is not OK!
At age 36, my life was going. Now, it was far from how I had planned it. In my “perfect world” my marriage would not have failed and by 36 I would be a mom. That ultimately was my dream, to be a mom. However, life rarely works out the way we plan it. By January, 2007 was working with life I had. I had a job I adored, friends who appreciated my warped sense of humor, and a new perspective on the blessings I had been given. After my divorce in 2003, I worked tirelessly to get healthy. I worked out an hour and half, five days a week and in less than three years, had lost almost 200 pounds. In late December 2006, things started changing rapidly. I was exhausted all the time. I had blinding headaches. I wept getting out of the shower because I was so fatigued. I went to see my doctor on January 10, 2007 and my world forever changed. I was diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia (APL). My oncologist was comforting; my family and friends supportive and loving; and my God ever present. Yet, as I battled this horrific disease, I felt so alone. The chemo pain. The loss of my hair. The needles. No one fully comprehended what I was feeling. I was 36! Who gets cancer at 36? There had to be others out there fighting a battle that we were way too young to be fighting, didn’t there? Or was I just some obtuse freak of the medical world?
Then I discovered the I’m Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation, the largest support community of young adult cancer survivors and caregivers in the US, located online at www.stupidcancer.com. They give survivors like me a voice and help raise awareness for the unique issues I face as such as isolation, fertility, sexuality, relationships, 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 care givers for a one of a kind experience of healing, education, and community. No one should go through cancer alone and the OMG! Cancer Summit makes this possible.
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 key 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.
Please support my efforts to ensure that I, and hundreds of other survivors like me, get a chance to attend this event, experience the support and community I need and make a difference for thousands of other young adult impacted by cancer.
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.”