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Welcome Janna!

Lacuna Loft is excited to continue introducing some guest bloggers!  These great folks represent a variety of perspectives on the myriad of topics covered here at Lacuna Loft.  Before everyone starts really getting into the nitty-gritty of all they have to say, we wanted to introduce them a bit.  Without further ado, here is Janna!

Hello! My name is Janna. I am a typical 28 year old Midwestern girl – except I have cancer.

Though cancer changed me irrevocably, it is mostly in positive ways. Cancer has provided me an opportunity to become a passionate, outspoken advocate for myself and others. It has also allowed me to re-invent myself in a way I never thought possible. I am currently getting an advanced degree in mortuary science while working part-time as a funeral assistant. I also serve on an advisory council for a local adolescent and young adult cancer program.

In my spare time, I am a very proud aunt, sister, daughter, friend, and lover of crafting. I am also an avid reader – from fiction to medical research to outdated magazines in hospital waiting rooms – you name it, I’ll read it!

I love talking with young people going through cancer, as we face unique challenges in our journey. I am very comfortable speaking and writing about the lesser-publicized aspects of cancer, such as: fears of dying, losing friends after a diagnosis, navigating insurance companies and finances, speaking to our peers about illness, and facing mental health challenges. It is my hope through my blog posts at Lacuna Loft that I can provide comfort and assistance to those who are dealing with the less glamorous aspects of cancer – whether that’s crocheting our way through a bout of depression or finding something interesting to read on particularly bad side-effect day.

One step at a time, we’ll navigate through our journeys together!