A cancer diagnosis is difficult at any time of life, but finding out you have cancer in your teens presents many additional challenges—both physical and emotional.
In an interview with CNN, 22-year-old college swimmer Alex Marshall talks about the emotional effect fighting Hodgkin’s lymphoma had on her. She explains that it was after successfully beating cancer that she felt most lost and unsure of herself. She was no longer the girl who had cancer but didn’t feel like the same person she was before she became ill.
This response is fairly typical among young cancer patients. According to a study, approximately one-third of teens and young adults had experienced lower social functioning that continued even after they had been given the all-clear. Find out more about this story here.
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