What do we think of when we hear the word dementia? It usually creates a profound image associated with stigma. Often we associate it with fear and loss. Usually we associate it with getting old.

Cancer is a word I began to hear and fear at a young age. I first heard this word when I was 3 years old and my grandmother, who I refer to as Nonna, was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer. We immediately booked a flight to Italy to see her.