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The Cancer Patient
BEHIND THE EMOJI

E

BY J E N N I F E R A NA N D

very morning, I wake up and scroll through
Instagram to read the stories posted on The Cancer
Patient (TCP) account. This account and online
community has personally brought me laughter
and comfort on my darkest days. I got a chance to
speak with the individual behind the little yellow " hold your
breath " emoji and learn how a simple IG account is now one of
the most revolutionary cancer communities globally.
Jen: First, let's start with the question I'm
sure everyone reading this article is dying
to know: who is TCP?

to avoid talking about myself on the page.
I thought this page should always be community oriented, and not about me.

TCP: First of all, chances are if you're following this page you're probably either
currently or were dying. I prefer to remain
anonymous. I can see myself as a private
person, but it has more to do with being able
to share versatile content, regardless of age
and gender. For the audience to see the posts
as their own relatable experience and not
my own. The content I make is not just my
experience alone, but also the experiences
of the different stories and perspectives that
I hear from the cancer fam. Also, I wanted

Jen: Tell me a little about your personal
cancer story?

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TCP: I was diagnosed with primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma, PMBCL. I had it
twice. My first line treatment was RCHOP,
second line was RICE. And then I had a stem
cell transplant on February 4th 2016 and 20
rounds of radiation after that.
Jen: February 4th is a special anniversary
for you. Tell me about it!

TCP: The day I got my stem cells - new bone
marrow who dis! It's my fucking rebirthday.
Five years is the " cured " mark for the type of
cancer I had. I just feel so many mixed emotions. Like you want to make a big deal out of
it, but at the same time.... Damn. Six years ago,
I was told I only had a 50% chance to live, and
then to make it through the next five years.
When I was diagnosed, they said I only had a
5% chance of relapse, and then I relapsed. Next
statistic was 50%. To be on the better side of
that statistic this time around, obviously fills
me with a lot of gratitude. Gratitude, and a
dash of survivor's guilt. Survivorship is rough
and has its own set of struggles compared to
while you're in active treatment. Since finishing treatment and looking back on the past
five years, it felt like I was somewhere between
losing my mind and finding my soul. It's like
learning to let go of who you were so you can
learn more about your new self and become
the person you need to be. From navigating
scanxiety and health insurance issues, for my
routine follow-ups and dealing with the long
term side effects and its impact on my mental health, to celebrating each milestone and
meeting and losing amazing people that I've
met through the years. It's all so humbling,
bittersweet and surreal.


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