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Posts by Hailey Johnston

Survivor, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Hailey Johnston is a Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor and activist with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She currently works as an advocate for domestic and sexual violence survivors, and she is the founder of Escape: LGBTQIA+ adolescent and young adult cancer support. Once a vaccine is released, and COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, she plans to pursue doctoral studies in Public Health and Policy. Hailey is passionate about serving the LGBTQIA+ community and creating equity in healthcare services.

“Why Didn’t You Ask for Help?”

by Hailey Johnston March 8, 2022

“Why didn’t you ask for help?” Moving Beyond Shame and Into Community. This question was asked by a relative as we were packing my family’s apartment in preparation for moving into our new home, and I have been thinking about it since.



by Hailey Johnston April 13, 2021

As I write this letter, I’m imagining you standing in front of your mirror at 16 years old, only a few months past finishing chemo and radiation. It’s around 2:00 p.m., you’re contorting your body in a way that makes you appear as thin as possible for a selfie, and all you’ve had to eat today is a bowl of plain oatmeal with blueberries because you are terrified of any food that isn’t considered “clean.”


Cancer Care for the LGBTQ+ Patient: Creating Equity in Oncology and Community

by Hailey Johnston January 26, 2021

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, plus (LGBTQ+) folks come from a variety of cultures, ethnicities, races, age-groups, and life experiences.