So. What is YACC? The quick answer is, "Young Adult Cancer Canada" (www.youngadultcancer.ca), but that's not the full answer. YACC is something much more complicated than that.
YACC is the feeling of not being alone. It brings together those of us that have cancer, had cancer, live with cancer, love someone with cancer, support someone with cancer, and many more combinations. We have a starting point to understand what life is with cancer because of them. We have a way to unite and share because of YACC. YACC gives us the connection that we thirst for the moment we hear the words "You have cancer."
YACC is the middle finger to the idea of being the typical cancer patient. It helps us see people enjoying life while their body scans light up like a Christmas tree. We see life in the defiance of the the shadow of death that lurks in our bodies. YACC lets us believe that we can have life in this vortex of despair.
YACC is the sorrow of seeing others leave our community. The grief of being here while others did not make it. But, through us, they are celebrated. We honour them by keeping the truth of YACC alive in our hearts. We miss them as they would have missed us. We do find solace in the fact that we can grieve together, that we can cherish our times with the fallen as a community and not just wallow in our darkness alone.
YACC is a heart that welcomes us the moment we connect. The moment we are joined by email, text, online group, or in-person, we are one in the same. We are loved, we are understood, we are united. It is the one point of wholeness. We are unquestionably one. YACC is devoted to us as individuals and as a group. YACC is accepting.
What is YACC? I am YACC. We are YACC. YACC is living after hearing the word cancer. YACC is life.
Might sound a bit creepy, but honestly, until you are a part of YACC it's hard to understand. I hope you never need to comprehend this feeling, never need to answer the question "What is YACC?", but if you to remember one thing:
"Any cancer, any stage, YACC's got your back."