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Author Topic: how to have cancer and be a normal young adult  (Read 7708 times)

Offline metsfan232

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how to have cancer and be a normal young adult
« on: September 03, 2019, 01:49:29 pm »
hi! So a quick recap of my situation: I’m 19 years old and was a sophomore in college when I was (unexpectedly) diagnosed. I study medicine so the scientific terms and medical stuff is less daunting (but obviously still scary when it’s about yourself), but what I’m having the hardest time with is the fact that I’m no longer just a young adult. It feels like from the second I was diagnosed, I became separate from my friends (not because of anything they did, they’re so so supportive). They’re worried about finals and keeping up with netflix and the new gossip, but it feels like overnight my priorities shifted and I wish they could just go back. It just feels like cancer ages you and it isn’t a disease for young people (even though I know it affects everyone), so now I don’t belong to the group of carefree college students because I have cancer but I don’t belong to the cancer community because I WAS just a carefree college student. I don’t know if this makes sense but I just wish there was an in between.

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Re: how to have cancer and be a normal young adult
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2019, 10:55:13 am »
hey, i think talking to your friends or a counselor about how you feel your priorities and life has shifted/how your friends can support you will help you to balance your current life with cancer AND being a college student. Also, there are a lot of support groups for cancer patients!! You may even be able to find a specific one for young cancer patients or chatwith someone else online that is your age and going through the same thing. best of luck.


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