Live at CancerCon with Melanie Stachelski: Therapist & Young Adult Survivor

Listen in as Guest Speaker, Shona Lovie, from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) speaks with Melanie Stachelski onsite at CancerCon 2018 in Denver, Colorado. Diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) at 29 years old after celebrating her first wedding anniversary, Melanie describes how staying in a good place mentally was one of her top priorities. Personally living through the reality that cancer patients need unique needs when it comes to mental health, she pursued a degree in counseling psychology, specializing in helping people through a cancer diagnosis. She explains how finding a right therapist takes time but is incredibly worth it. She also shares the needs of a cancer survivor compared to the general population and the various support resources that are available.

CancerCon is the annual, international gathering, organized by Stupid Cancer, that brings together patients, survivors, caregivers, advocates, and activists, along with oncology team professionals and the healthcare industry through a shared goal of improving young adult cancer health outcomes.

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