A new website hopes to help teens with cancer find their way through some difficult years by linking them up with other teenagers who are also dealing with disease.
Lauren Donnelly, 19, is among the mentors at a new social networking site specifically created for teens with cancer.
When she started treatment for cancer, Donnelly went from being an active teen taking part in soccer and dance to completely bedridden.
Donnelly was diagnosed in September 2005 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common form of childhood cancer. Therapy left her so weakened at times that walking upstairs to bed was an obstacle.
Despite going into remission a month into her treatment, she still had to complete the full 30 months of the protocol, forcing her to drop out of school and spend a total of six months in hospital.
Donnelly had frequent bone marrow aspirates and spinal taps, underwent chemotherapy and had cranial radiation, a preventive therapy for relapse.