Meet Charity Sade
#MyStoryShared: Cancer brought me a community.
Cancer is no laughing matter. I certainly didn’t laugh when I was diagnosed at age 27 with inflammatory breast cancer. I didn’t laugh when my whole world changed and suddenly found myself at chemotherapy. There’s not much to laugh at when you find yourself dealing with things people your age would never imagine in their wildest dreams.
And then I discovered a community of support at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts.
Smith Center’s Young Adult Cancer Support Group became a refuge for me, a place where I could come and share how I was feeling without any judgment. Everyone had different types of cancer, but we shared a common bond with what we were all going through. Having this support system helped to channel my pain into comedy. I had found my love for laughter again.
Now, I help others find their ways to laugh. This year, I taught my first stand-up comedy class with young adult cancer survivors at Smith Center, and we held our showcase this past April with amazing feedback. I’m working with Smith Center on more classes and shows and couldn’t be more excited about what’s to come next.
#MyStoryShared represents how Smith Center has changed my life for the better. It served as an anchor and a place where I can always come back to be replenished and refreshed. Smith Center helped me find a community and form lasting friendships I will treasure for the rest of my life.
Young Adult Cancer Survivor
P.S. Smith Center impacts thousands of lives, like mine, each year and you can too. With a tax-deductible donation, you have the power to help change lives and make a difference for those living with cancer.