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Childhood and Young Adult Cancer Survivor Stories

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Advice for My Teenage Self

by Julia Hernandez

You never expect to be told that you have cancer, but on February 14, 2010, Valentine’s Day, it hap­pened to me. In a matter of days, I went from being a typical 16-year-old girl, worried about my upcoming driver’s license test, to a cancer survivor living in a hospital.

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Advice for Adults with Cancer from a Five-Year-Old Childhood Cancer Survivor

by Nicole Scobie and Elliot

My son Elliot was only four and a half years old when he was diagnosed with stage IV Wilms tumor, and now, at age five, he is in remission. Here is his advice for adults with cancer.

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What Kind of Survivor Do I Want to Be?

by Louise Shelby

When I reached adulthood after surviving childhood cancer, I had to deal with many of the long-term effects of my treatment. There was always another conundrum that couldn’t be solved. At times, it was overwhelming to know that so much was wrong with me. I talked to other survivors who felt the same way. Some were full of anger; others had become mired in the anguish of their cancer situation.

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