The first four months of my treatment I was in a room full of old people every 3 weeks feeling like there were no other young people with cancer near me. I finally found iY and realized there was a whole network of young people I could connect with. I listened to the Stupid Cancer show and learned things about my disease and how to help myself. I even got one on one support from the founder himself. I'm now in remission, have 6 more treatments to go, and I'm on facebook and iY almost every day talking to other people who've had cancer, supporting them and myself. I'm now an activist for young adult cancer, hope to be an ambassador someday, and feel I have a true purpose in life.
I have deep respect and admiration for Matthew and his entire organization! Something long over due to reach out to young survivors to show them they are not alone. Matthew you had done an amazing job! Be well an dcontinue the great work! Ron Bye
MZ and team make being a young adult cancer survivor easier. iy provides us with a place to go to be ourselves, not to be someone others want us to be. iy helped when I was newly diagnosed and, almost more now that I am a survivor. They provide us with hope that, while we are in a minority, we aren't alone. And, when you're going through something like this, that can make ALL the difference. Survivors rule. Stupid cancer.
Through this organization, I have been empowered. I'm glad to have met people all over the country that understand and experience what I go through every day. I could not have done this without this organization. i2y ROCKS!
I found out about iy around my 1 year anniversary of my diagnosis (of breast cancer) this past March. I was browsing the internet because I was looking for ways to deal with the emotions I was experiencing. I came across iy thru Planet Cancer. This is where I started talking to Matthew and he said he just happened to be coming to my neck of the woods to speak at a conference. Matthew took time out of his busy schedule to meet with me and fill me in on what iy does for young adults with cancer. What an amazing organization!!! I really wish I would've known about this when I found out I had cancer and was going thru treatment, it would've been so helpful. I'm really looking forward to becoming more involved with iy and meeting more amazing people!!
It's an honor to know this organization and its supporters. Way too many people I know have been affected by this disease. Keep up the amazing work...YOU ROCK!
Provides an excellent resource for a highly neglected population of young cancer survivors. Tirelessly advocates for our particular needs. Creative use of multiple modes of communication to reach the young survivor.
I wish I had known about i2y when I was going through treatement it would have been a great support network. Young peopole with cancer between the ages of 20-40 tend to be overlooked, the resources just don't cater for us.As a 32yo woman who has had cancer the transition back to life aftre cancer can be difficult, thank goodness for i2y. Now as a survivor I enjoy swapping stories, being able to ask questions and help others like me.
i wish i had known about i2y when i had cancer, but now, as a survivor, i am thrilled to know they are out there. as a 26 year old guy, i didn't have a lot of "company" like myself to keep. i would have LOVED to have been able to find some support from others who understand the uncertainty that someone my age felt IN GENERAL without cancer, let alone the feelings that were heaped on when we discovered we would have to deal with that as well. one time, i emailed Matt about another young adult with cancer that people around here were rallying behind, and he already knew about it and was involved. i2y is truly a special organization and everyone needs to be aware of it.
i2y is undoubtedly the most influential organization working on behalf of the young adult cancer community. I've participated in i2y's events since its inception and continue to be amazed at the great leaps Matt Zachery has taken his organization. I'm convinced that only Matt could have turned it into such a success. The young adult cancer community is so much stronger and united than ever before. Thanks to i2y, I look forward to future advances in our community.
I met Matthew when I was on the internet searching for information about cancer. I didn't have cancer, my sister did. I was looking for information and trying to find ways to fundraise for an event I was supposed to take part in. I found a website with piano music from a cancer survivor named, Matthew Zachary. I listened to a few examples and ordered a copy. I listened to this CD many many times and then ordered another. My sister was no longer with us and she spent a courageous 14 months battling breast cancer and died at the age of 48. She would be 52 today if cancer had not taken her life. Those CD's made the grieving a bit easier and when I listened to those I found a sort of peaceful serenity in dealing with her loss. I wished I had found this earlier and shared it with her. I ordered a few CD's for a nursing home, rehabilitation center I worked in, in hopes that cancer victims and families could find that same peace. I have many friends and relatives who are touched with this nasty thing called cancer and I have kept up with Matthew ever since that first CD. He is an awesome person and I am extremely grateful that fate brought me to his website that day. He tirelessly fights this STUPID Cancer as well as being a survivor himself. He is one of my heros and thank God for sending him to help others. He is an angel.
I wish that I'm Too Young for This had been around when my sister was diagnosed with colon cancer at the age of 35, she fought for 4 years, ultimately losing the battle. At that time there were no groups for people her age, the doctors just keep saying "you're too young to have colon cancer", but she did. Approximately 3 years ago, my niece (her daughter) was diagnosed with cancer. I know that I'm Too Young for This has been invaluable to her. The support from everyone is unbelievable and the knowledge gained, is not available anywhere else.
This group has opened the eyes of others to the number of young adults who are affected by cancer. This is one age group the has been neglected in terms of research, awareness, and support. I2Y has changed this. This is a group that focuses on what the young adult cancer community needs. They totally rock. Join them in giving stupid cancer the bird.
This organization ROCKS! It is exactly what the cancer community needs. What they do for YA's is amazing - what a great job advocating! I'm SO thankful I stumbled across this org when I did!
There's nothing out there quite like iy out there for young adults with cancer. Many of us in our 20s and 30s know someone with cancer, but often it is a parent or grandparent. When a friend or colleague, someone OUR age gets cancer, it is confusing about what to do, where to seek information, and how to help. Plus, it makes you realize how little information and young adult cancer support there is out there. I'm Too Young For This fills in the blanks. I've attended a few iy Stupid Cancer Happy Hours to not only support my friends that have cancer or who are survivors, but also to get support myself as a friend of a young adult who has cancer. I've been impressed by how inclusive this group is, and their goals of improving the survival rate of young adults with cancer. Other cancer organizations are definitely bigger, but bigger isn't always better, especially when it comes to cancer.
This organization has been an integral part of my cousin's battle against cancer. As a young woman battling this insidious disease, she has found immense support from other young people who are facing the same challenges. More than just support, her involvement with this group has energized her by giving her the ability to take *action*. Although there are many organizations that address cancer, Iy serves a vital role for a group that is often overlooked by other groups.
iy is an amazing organization that allows young adults with cancer to cope, laugh, and find a cure. Young adult cancer is rarely recognized, and it is about time that people like us young cancer survivors are challenged to get out into the world and show people that this does happen. We need to stop cancer from happening, and this is just one way to help young people realize that this CAN happen to them, and they need to protect themselves. Matthew Zachary is an amazing man who overcame obstacle after obstacle, and he is not ashamed to tell the world to give cancer the bird! As a young adult cancer survivor, I am so relieved that more people see this experience as I do: we should laugh in its face and rip it to shreds.
My niece was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in her 20's. For the last 3 years this group has been an incredible support to her. It is so important for survivors to connect with others walking in the same shoes!
My Sister has become involved in i2y after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and it has helped her tremendously with a solid support network. I hope they are able to continue their great work!