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.