Nikki speaking! You’re here because you probably got a Teen Support Bag. I hope you find the bag helpful in your journey as a survivor. Below, I’ve put together some thoughts and insights about being a survivor and living with cancer.
I want you to know that. Let me tell you a little about my journey…
I wanted to distribute a Teen Support Bag that was made specifically for teenagers with cancer because I hadn’t felt much support as a teenager with cancer, and I knew there were others like me out there.
I had received a few support bags before surgery but they were for young children. So I wanted to make a difference to help other teenagers battling cancer. These special bags started being distributed in mid‐2012 to help teens fighting cancer to feel less alone and more inspired. Bite Me Cancer partners with organizations who serve teens with cancer to assist in distributing the bags: INOVA Fairfax, Johns Hopkins Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Center, National Institutes of Health, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and many more.
And we’re not finished yet. We continue to spread out across the country to more hospitals.
Throughout my journey, I’ve been supported by family and friends, but I get a lot of strength in the form of music. It has the power to inspire, motivate, and sometimes just make you feel like a total B.A…. because you are. Take a listen to some of my favorites that inspire me in the playlist below.
We hope you’ll stay a part of our community. We have a small but tight-knit community of survivors that we invite you to join called Bite Me Cancer Cares. It’s a place for teenagers to support each other and share thoughts, stories, inspiration and victories. Visit Bite Me Cancer Cares on Facebook.
Here are our other communities you can join:
Nikki Ferraro is the founder of Bite Me Cancer and is a thyroid cancer survivor