“Cancer” is still this shocking, scary word for many of us. So to hear about a happy cancer convention I was surprised! It is called YesCon and just happened in Berlin.
The idea: people who actually survived cancer or are still fighting it meet. Learn about therapies, lifestyle after cancer, and experiences from others. 50 panels, 130 speakers, hundreds of guests – and hundreds of thousands on streams online! Two of my friends were there. Jochen a co-organizer, beat cancer himself a few years ago and said: “What a success, but the best has been to meet all these strong, positive people and hear their stories.”
And my friend Tanja, who battled breast cancer: “It boosted my spirits to see so many energetic people who had similar experiences.” The experience of YesCon is over, but cancer patients, survivors, and friends can look for the app on YesWeCan-cer.org. For me cancer lost a bit of its scare: most can be healed – and survivors are strong!
Originally published on September 30, 2021.
Editors note: YES!Con 3.0 just took place in Munich on October 15/16, 2022.