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Why Self-Advocacy is Important

Late stage cancer: when the internet won’t tell you what you want to hear. But perhaps what you want to hear isn’t what you nee...

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Teen Cancer America Welcomes Alfie Boe

Alfie Boe, a longtime friend and supporter of TCA, became an official ambassador for Teen Cancer America earlier this year. Best known...

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Treatment Through Music

I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at the age of 14. Throughout my cancer experience, I have always been passionate abo...

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Just Keep Going

AN ENTIRE DECADE... On January 11, ten years ago, today, I was given the notorious “Osteosarcoma” diagnosis... it was a Thursda...

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Finding Light Amidst Darkness

My name is Micaela, and on December of 2016, I received my first cancer diagnosis of sarcoma botryoides, a rare type of cancer.

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Healing Through Song

This past February, I was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia—a complete shock to my system. Cancer doesn’t run in my family, a...

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What is Normal?

My name is Tori and I am 24 years old. I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia at 19, right before I was about to finish my second...

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Patience Navigating Patients

Hello! I am Shannon Voelkel, one of the new additions to the Duke Cancer Institute’s Teen and Young Adult Oncology Program. I starte...

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Being Healthy is a Gift

by Samantha Stacey Being healthy is a gift. If you have never been seriously ill, you may not fully understand the sentiment of tha...

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