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Welcome Christabel!

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 Christabel!

Prompted by her experiences as a two-time cancer survivor – diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2008 and 2011 – Christabel is a tireless advocate and doctoral student researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she is dedicated to improving psychosocial care for young cancer patients and survivors, with emphasis on those who are socially and culturally isolated. Prior to UCLA, Christabel was a community activist on issues of social justice, having last served as lecturer/field consultant at UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare, and previous to that, serving as executive director of San Francisco Village, a nonprofit agency within the national village movement for aging in place. She holds a master of social welfare from UC Berkeley, and a bachelor of journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She and her service dog, Malcolm, blog about adventures after young adult cancer at