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You Can Connect Guidelines

We're all here for similar reasons - we've been touched by cancer in some way. It’s up to all of us to show each other that no one is alone. Your You Can Connect profile is your own place to call home during this crazy thing called cancer, we just ask that you keep these simple guidelines in mind when participating.

1. Always Be Nice. This is a place for connections and conversations – we encourage you all to talk openly but please remain considerate in all of your engagement. Don’t post obscene, hateful or objectionable content. Abuse and disrespect will not be tolerated in the You Can Connect community and is subject to deletion and user removal at our discretion.

2. Be a Good Friend. The You Can Connect community is a family. Please remember to be a good friend to the connections you make on You Can Connect. Ask questions that you wish someone would ask you; if you can’t find the right words to say, send a hug, it can speak louder than words. A simple gesture goes a long way.

3. Don't Spam. This includes sending unsolicited messages of any nature, posting links to unrelated content, promoting a survey, fundraiser or product where it shouldn’t be promoted. If you aren’t sure if something is appropriate to post, e-mail us and we’ll let you know.

4. Think Before You Post. Everything you post on You Can Connect is secure, but it is up to you to monitor how much or how little information you are sharing about yourself and your experience. Please don’t share personal or identifiable information like your mailing address or your full name and don’t share other member’s information.

5. If You See Something, Say Something. We work hard to make sure these guidelines are followed closely but if you see something that doesn’t’ feel right to you, please let us know. We review every report we receive and will take anything you say to heart. We promise.

6. Be Open. Welcome newcomers and help guide them through this journey based on your own experience. Whether you are a survivor, fighter, caregiver or supporter, you have valuable information that can very well help someone else who is just beginning the cancer journey. Be open to sharing experiences and give someone else the gift of your time.

Thanks for being a part of our community. It’s up to all of us to ensure that You Can Connect remains a place for us all to call home when dealing with the ups and downs of a cancer diagnosis.

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Patient: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Dear Cancer, Exactly one year ago, you entered my plife and you were given the name: T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. You appeared with minor symptoms but I soon learned that you were an uncommon aggressive cancer that was trying to take my life. When you decided to show up, you must not have known that I was a fighter and that I was never going to let you win. From day 1 of this journey, I was ready to take you down…you picked the wrong girl! Day after day, I continue to fight all the baggage you bring with you…the aches and pains, nausea, vomiting, fever, fatigue, anxiety, depression, insomnia…and your stupid list goes on and on. However, day after day, I continue to grow and learn from you. You have made me appreciate life like I never have before. You have helped me see who and what is important. Not only have you made me a stronger version of myself, you have also helped my family, friends, and supporters develop a positive perspective on life. You must really hate that! Thank you for strengthening my relationship with God and for showing me the power of prayer. You taught me the difference between existing and living…and living is what I intend on doing. I refuse to let you break me. I hope I NEVER see you again and I pray that we find a cure that will eradicate you from the world. The best is yet to come. Sincerely, Elizabeth Ann Pinion “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 “What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you” Ralph Waldo Emerson “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all”. Oscar Wilde

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