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Posts by JoAnna Barker


JoAnna Barker is a 20- something who defeated cancer and wrote a book about it. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and then you’ll find multiple references to books and movies that she some how related to cancer. Don’t be fooled, if you don’t have cancer you’ll still love this book. It’s a great read for people with cancer, people who love people with cancer, and people who just want to know how to relate. We hope you enjoy this reading journey. Trust us, it’s not what you’ll expect!

The Time Bubble

by JoAnna Barker August 27, 2020

It’s crazy being in the time bubble.  While it happens to the patients, it also happens to the families.  It is wild to see it happen, and almost everyone goes through it.


Word Weight: Survivor

by JoAnna Barker June 11, 2019

Don’t let cancer enjoy the show. Tolerate each other with grace and acceptance. Remember that everyone is trying to live their best life and they will each handle their experiences differently. There will be plenty of people in the young adult cancer community who will frustrate you with their words or actions but remember survivor or not, we’re all in this together.


Handling Supportive People

by JoAnna Barker May 17, 2019

Learning how to handle supportive people is equally as important. When I was first diagnosed with cancer, I didn’t realize that there are many different types of support styles. Some of these styles are energizing and others, while still well-intended, can be very draining.