Before cancer, I was your typical millennial. I was living my life and sharing all of the most exciting moments on social media. I was finishing up my Human Resources Management degree at York University and preparing myself for a rewarding career, the eventuality of a long-term relationship, and one day starting a family.
But with a cancer diagnosis, all of these hopes and dreams were shattered. My life would never be the same. My future, once so clear and defined, was hard to imagine. When I looked outside myself, to my friends and classmates, all I could see were lives being fully lived. I would scroll through social media notifications of exciting new jobs, gorgeous weddings, and pregnancy announcements. Their futures pulled my own into a cruel focus; treatment could bring cognitive dysfunction and infertility.
I felt isolated in my feelings of fear, anger, and vulnerability. Friends and family, as supportive and amazing as they are, just couldn't fully understand these aches.