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Word of Mouth

Young Adult Cancer Survivors Share Their Stories

With Young Adult Cancer Awareness week upon us, we wanted to highlight some of our young adult survivors and their inspirational stories. Receiving a cancer diagnosis is never easy, nor are the challenges you may face during and after your treatment. We encourage you to read the advice of these young patients and share your own story of hope.

My experience with cancer has helped to make more conscious decisions about my health. Two months after hearing that I was cancer free, I completed my first ever 5k! I also got a puppy and we go for daily walks. And this year, I am doing The Ride For Roswell! I am so excited to be a part of such an awesome event, and I look forward to riding for many years to come.
Alexandra Koch
Alexandra Koch
Ovarian Cancer Survivor
"Cancer may have started the fight,
but I will finish it."
Read Alexandra's full story
July 14, 2015, just another gorgeous summer day for most. For me, this was the day my life would change forever. I think at some point we all have one of these days, each of them look different and some are more critical than others, but days like this truly change perspectives. My game changer arrived as a result of routine blood work. Acute myeloid leukemia, AML, had been identified and diagnosed.
Alicia Keller
Alicia Keller
Acute Myeloid Leukemia Survivor
"We got this."
Read Alicia's full story
"But you're so young." These words have resonated loudly in my mind over and over again in the last year. Yes, statistically, a 28-year-old should be planning other major life events that do not include a double mastectomy, 16 rounds of chemotherapy, radiation, endocrine therapy, and several reconstructive surgeries. I can't help but think about how different my mid-twenties have been compared to most, and it's easy to let the anxiety, panic, and fear set in.
Ashley Johnston
Ashley Johnston
Breast Cancer Survivor
"Positive breeds more positive."
Read Ashley's full story
Cancer hit me at the worst possible time. I had everything I’d ever dreamed of, and at 21, I was losing it all. The coming weeks brought a whole mess of questions from family and friends. I spent months after my diagnosis absorbing questions and explaining my diagnosis, while secretly hoping someone would reach out to help without me having to ask.
Mary Best
Mary Best
Carcinoid Cancer Survivor
"Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise."
Read Mary's full story

Editor’s Note: Cancer patient outcomes and experiences may vary, even for those with the same type of cancer. An individual patient’s story should not be used as a prediction of how another patient will respond to treatment. Roswell Park is transparent about the survival rates of our patients as compared to national standards, and provides this information, when available, within the cancer type sections of this website.