A few months ago I started thinking I should stop complaining about the lack of support for young women after cancer treatment and although writing letters like this is important, why not blimming well do something about it?
So I started a group.
Called Young Survivors NZ.
For young women like me who have experienced life with cancer.
In any form.
We don't discriminate.
Breast, ovarian, hodgkins lymphoma, leukemia, liver, lung, skin...the list goes on. There's too much cancer out there for our liking that's for sure.
We are a rag tag group of beautiful people affected deeply by a cancer diagnosis. There are women who had a diagnosis years ago, or are still in treatment, or perhaps are repeating treatment. Women who had surgery, chemotherapy and radiation or one of those or a combination. Women with children or are wondering if they can still have children. Women with full time jobs, or struggling to get themselves back into normal life.
If you are someone who could benefit from this group then please join us! Click on the Young Survivors NZ tab at the top of my blog. It will take you straight to the page.
And please read this wonderful post by Andrea of Stray Musings + Snapshots. Andrea is one of the admin for the Young Survivors NZ Facebook page and is a wonderful and extremely talented woman from Nelson who last year was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma at the age of 21. Although we have never met we are both passionate about letting people know the struggles and even joys from life journeying with cancer, and we blog not only to process for ourselves but to let others out there not feel alone.
We are both also keen for other women to have a place to vent and find support.
In the last few days alone there have been more members joining than ever before. I've been throwing the information around to various areas and hopefully we can see where this thing takes us.
This is what has been missing.