My battle has been long, and overwhelming at times. I thought I was the only one. Lonely and depressed, I searched the web for some insight on how to deal with these feelings, not so much the chemo and its impressive side effects. When I found i  y, it was because I searched the words stupid and cancer. How excited I was to find them. Through their continued will and determination, I myself joined in the only way I knew I could. By letting others who wanted to help me do so, I was able to join with them and be able to advocate for "stupid cancer" as well as my specific rare type of Ovarian cancer. To be in your 20's, and noone else around to relate to, I'm too Young For This was what I needed. Because of them, I may have found my new calling :)
I2Y is an invaluable source for young adults touched by Cancer. Whether you need information specific to being young and facing Cancer, or you need a distraction from the pressure, I2Y significantly improves your experience.
i2y is an incredible force in the Young Adult Cancer world! As many of us know Young Adults are often left behind and misunderstood when they are diagnosed with cancer. I wish that something like this had been around when I was diagnosed in 2004 at age 20 with Level 3A Malignant Melanoma. I2Y gives young adults the forum to meet others in similar situations, vent about what they are going through and get out and have fun (as I like to say, "Laugh in Cancer's Face"). It's time to throw out the isolation of being under 40 with Cancer and bring in the power of being surrounded with others that understand and support you! It is sometimes hard to get yourself out there and talk to others about your experience and the great thing about i2y is that it's okay to feel that way because there is always something going on and when you are ready to get out and mingle i2y is there with open arms!!! If you haven't checked out i2y yet it's time to get involved!!
IY has been a big help for me. After being diagnosed and treated, finding a support group to help me had been difficult. I tried the standard ones, but they did not fit me. I heard about IY from a coworker and went to a movie night. Then a happy hour. Then a conference. I have met some wonderful and supportive people. I have made great friendships and I know where I can turn to talk about the hardships and fears that I am going through. They have helped me overcome some of my fears and put me in touch with others who I can talk about my experiences with.
I only wish this organization had more mula to battle the cancer world. I would've tried selling my cancerous lymphs up on the inet if I knew that the extra change could actually change how many people know about iy!!!! I freakin love you guys. Love a stupid cancer fan.
A place where you can let your hair down; when you don't have much hair. Patient to patient means truth and honesty. Thank you.
Since the time I first met founder Matthew Zachary, I have been impressed with all that he and his organization have been able to do for young adults who are living with cancer. The organization is part advocacy (more advocacy), part support group, part entertainment. They manage to educate you, entertain you and make you feel connected all at the same time.
I am a 21 year old cancer survivor and advocate. Although it has been over 15 years since I was diagnosed, I am still learning how to cope with cancer in my life. This organization helped me to realize what it means to be a survivor. It gave me the power and the opportunity to express my feelings to others who, for a change, know how I feel. Since becoming a member and doing my part to expand the organization, I have seen first-hand that this simple social interaction is the best "social medicine" for cancer survivors.
I2Y is a great group to be involved in and is a great way to meet people who are going through the simalar events as yourself.
This website has been so powerful for me in my time of need. Just the fact that it exists gave me hope when even my optimistic oncologist wasn't able to. It moved me in such a way that I now feel compelled to get the word out in my own area about this organization and what it can do for others who felt alone and "too young" to be afraid for their lives.