It was not always bad…

Picture on the left shows a bald person with a scar on the chest. Picture on the right shows same person with short hair.
Picture on the left shows a bald person with a scar on the chest. Picture on the right shows same person with short hair.

When you’re 20 years old, cancer tends to be the least of your worries. You don’t think it’s going to happen to you, you’re still a kid after all. At that age, cancer seems to be something that only happens to older people.

In 2015, after my first year at university, I went home for the long-awaited summer break. Some routine checkups later, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a type of cancer most common in young adults.

I was only 20 years old.

Having cancer at that age is a strange and kind of lonely experience. Depending on your…


Massive hair loss and being bald as a 20-year-old girl

When I was 20, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, which is a type of cancer.

Following a cancer diagnosis, one of the first things you’re told is to prepare for hair loss. You’re suggested to get a haircut and, if you wish, to get a wig made with your own hair.

There is no way of knowing for certain if you’re going to lose your hair, everybody reacts to the treatment in a different way. My dad had the same type of cancer as me when he was in his twenties, but he didn’t lose his hair. …


A pandemic-safe visit that is good for your mental health

When I think of museums, I think of art, history, culture, tourists, and learning. But what if they could also become hubs for mental health prevention and treatment?

Our mental health has been affected since the beginning of the pandemic. Studies show that 4 in 10 adults in the US reported symptoms of anxiety and depression in 2020, compared to 1 in 10 in the first half of 2019.

On the other hand, museums, as most of the cultural industry, have faced closures and a significant loss of revenue. …


Pausing between chapters of your life is important

I was sure I didn’t want to go straight to university after high school. I wanted to take a break after 14 years of education and get out of my hometown, Bogotá, in Colombia. I had always lived there and it was important to me to see something different and breathe different air, even if just for a little while.

Luckily, a chance came up for me to go to Germany and further my knowledge of the German language for three months.

This experience was very formative. Not only was I able to develop my skills in the language and…

Ana Sanchez

MA Cultural Heritage management, polyglot & cancer survivor. Colombian living in Paris.

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