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I am tired of being told I am young

SwingBridgeTSI's picture
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Joined: Oct 2003

I am 22 years old and well a 9 and a half month survivor... but all I hear from just about anyone is that I am to young or so young to have this or be going through this. Cancer does not no age and I know and have met alot of younger people going through this and we are all the same here. We are all cancer patients, survivors or caregivers of someone who has cancer and no one deserves to go through this. I just hate being told I am so young. Age is just a number it doesnt matter. I know I got this for a reason and that I have been through more then those my age but this only has made me a better person.

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Joined: Mar 2001

You're thinking like someone only 22 years of age. You stated in words to the effect you correlate "age to a mere number that doesn't matter." Perhaps you haven't seen a little six-year old girl hopping on the only leg she has in an oncology waiting room to retrieve a Winnie-the-Pooh book from the kiddie book rack. Perhaps, you do not personally know a young soccer mom or dad about to leave three little kids without a parent.

When persons substantially your senior make the comment, you are "too young," you can be assured it is a sincerely heartfelt and qualified statement based on living experiences they have already benefited...that you have not. I and others my age have already fully experienced the rewards of raising a now-grown family as well as the joys of grandchildren when financially and parentally fulfilling our family roles. Our children now have their own families and we are merely coasting down the other side of the hill.

Consequently, the absence of that little girl, the soccer mom, a young dad, or yourself will have far more catastrophic and unimaginable consequences on their families than anyone having my age "number." That's a simple fact of life.

Best to You,


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I'm 31 years old, the mother of a 11-year old little girl and a 9-year old sweet boy. I am a cancer survivor!! I was diagnosed April 5, 2003 with lung cancer 6 days later had my lung removed. I am told often that I am "too young." Be glad you can hear someone tell you that you are "too young."

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Joined: Mar 2004

Hi, My name is Angela, I am 22 years old also. At the age of 18 I was diagnosed with lung cancer. Within 2 months I was in surgery for a left lung resection. I lost 1/2 of my left lung. I hear the same thing, Oh your so young., Don't let it bother you. Just feel lucky that the doctors caught it before it got any worse. You are welcome to email me if you would like to talk about this. angiepooh021282@yahoo.com. Good Luck!!

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