Upon learning I had won the DAISY Award, I immediately thought of several different groups of people: the two patients who had nominated me, the incredible team I work with at Roswell Park, and my family.
The Adolescent and Young Adult Program at Roswell Park recognizes the unique circumstances related to lifestyle, work, school, family life, and social development that AYAs face when living with cancer.
Prior to treatment, all patients will have access to in-house fertility counseling thanks to a new oncofertility program established by Roswell Park’s AYA Department, Buffalo IVF and the University at Buffalo.
As a teenager, I had my heart set on joining the Peace Corps. I grew up in the U.S. Virgin Islands and met people from all walks of life who inspired me to give back. I wanted to travel the world and help those in need.
Hearing that you or a loved one has cancer can feel terrifying and overwhelming. First, take a deep breath. And another. Deep breathing is one way to help reduce stress so that you can better cope with the challenges ahead.