Category: young and cancer

My Post Mastectomy Thoughts


By Shaaron Zach “I wish I could just cut these flaps off.” That’s the script that runs through my head when I see myself naked. When I had my double mastectomy, I was told that I couldn’t have immediate reconstruction because my lymph nodes needed to be sent off to […]

Navigating Breast Cancer as a Young, Queer, Mixed-Race Woman


By Kimiko Tobimatsu Not long ago, I was at the launch of Reflections on Illness, a zine of essays, interviews and comics by activists in Canada who face life-threatening sicknesses. It was a powerful night. I’d rarely before heard people talk about cancer in the same breath as organizing, capitalism, […]

Why I Created a Documentary About Being Young With Cancer


By Kayla Redig I was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was 24 years old and quickly tossed onto the conveyor belt that is the US medical system, passed along from tests to appointments to treatments and more. I completed a six-month ACT cycle for chemo (or themo as we called it. No costume? No come!). […]