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Adolescent & Young Adult Oncology Program

Read personal stories from AYA community members: 

Adriana's Story: "It’s just cancer; I’m going to be all right."

I was seventeen and in Grade 12 when I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). It was December 1, 2014, a Monday morning, when I was trying out for soccer and the coach told us to run some laps.

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Brandon's Story: Finding my New Normal

Before cancer I was living the dream. I was 26, had a great job, amazing friends, a supportive family, and was living in downtown Toronto. I had a clear sense of where I was and where I was headed.

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Julia's Story: Joyful in Hope

Being diagnosed with epithelial ovarian cancer at the age of 26 was not the fertility clinic outcome I was hoping for. My husband and I had been trying for a year and a half when we received this shocking news.

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Suzanne's Story

2016 was supposed to be the year we were going to buy a house and start a family of our own. We had recently returned from a trip to Australia in the spring when I received my diagnosis - Hodgkin's Lymphoma. I was shocked and deeply saddened.

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The C Word: Young Adults Talk About Living with Cancer video series

​Seven young adult cancer survivors candidly answer questions about life, being young, and having cancer in this video series. Featuring Stephanie Sliekers, Carolyn Van, Kyla Demarco, Vinesha Ramasamy, Thomas Cantley, Alyssa Whiteman, and Peter Laneas.

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Share Your Story

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Are you a patient, family member, caregiver or friend who is willing to share your personal cancer story? We want to hear from you!

You are eligible to submit a story if you are:

A patient, either:

  • Diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 15 to 39 (still on or completed treatment), currently still within the same age range or older
  • Diagnosed with cancer as a child under the age of 18 (still on or completed treatment), currently between the ages of 15 to 39

A supporter, either:

  • Friend, family, colleague or classmate of a young adult diagnosed between the ages of 15 to 39
  • Friend, family, colleague or classmate of a childhood cancer patient who is currently between 15 to 39 years of age

 

Content Requirements

  • Submit a story between 250 to 750 words. All entries must be submitted to aya@uhn.ca
  • Please include at least one picture (max 3)
  • You are welcome to include contact information (if you are open to allowing others to contact you), and links (i.e. online blogs, personal website, etc).

Note: Please keep your audience in mind while writing your story.

Happy writing! 

Last reviewed: 8/14/2017
Last modified: 8/29/2017 7:46 AM