Lacuna Loft is excited to continue introducing more young adult voices! 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 Anna!
We were newlyweds, buying our second home, and planning to start a family. It was July 2015 right before my 28th birthday when I got that dreaded call and everything changed. Breast cancer had other plans for me. Since that terrifying moment, cancer has challenged me mentally, emotionally, and physically. After multiple surgeries, complications, and chemotherapy, I can look back as a survivor and say I am proud of the happiness I was able to find during that awful time. Cancer challenged me to change my outlook on life and I was able to reach a new level of personal growth and self love.
While going through my battle, I found that the young adult voice and the availability of resources tailored for young people in the cancer world were greatly lacking. I was inspired to share my story as a means to raise awareness. I created a blog called My Cancer Chic focused on positivity and strategies for maintaining style and confidence during cancer treatment. Young women diagnosed with cancer face a unique set of challenges and they deserve to have resources tailored to those needs.
Through My Cancer Chic I have been able to connect with women across the globe and give back to this amazing community through my writing. I hope that by sharing my story, I am able to impact the lives of other young women who may feel alone in their struggle and are looking for ways to maintain aspects of “normalcy”, beauty, and confidence during treatment and beyond. I continue to write about my experience as a survivor to help me work through my own challenges and to bring awareness to the young adult cancer experience in hopes that one day we will have a cure.