Life on Pause

Life On Pause is a podcast for and by young adults living with cancer. Each month, young adult cancer patients from Penn State Health share honestly about their cancer diagnosis, treatment and life afterwards. As cancer causes the group to reflect on issues both large and small, surprisingly relatable stories and themes emerge. From relationships to body functions, nothing is off the table. Listeners can also see the latest episodes, with transcripts, on Libsyn.


November 16, 2021 - First Cancer, Now Avascular

Listen to the stories of these four young women who live with AVN to get a glimpse into what it’s like to live with this chronic condition.

November 2, 2021 - Diagnosis Stories

For each young adult diagnosed with cancer, a doctor speaks a few words and a new chapter in life begins. This collection of stories captures the similarities and differences in young adults’ experiences leading up to diagnosis and afterwards.

October 19, 2021 - What’s Cancer Got To Do With Fertility and Fertility Preservation?

When faced with a cancer diagnosis as a young adult, the last thing you expect is to make a quick decision about sperm-banking or egg preservation. After treatment ends and the dust begins to settle, you’re faced with questions that your peers are likely not considering, ‘Am I still able to have kids naturally?’, ‘Will I pass on genes to my children that put them at risk for cancer’ or ‘How do I tell someone I’m dating that I’m infertile?’  In this episode, the young adults talk about fertility and fertility preservation and life afterwards.

October 5, 2021 - Guys Respond: Hair

What is hair loss due to cancer treatment like for guys?  Three guys weigh in about hair in response to the Women Talking Hair podcast episode.

September 21, 2021 - The Psychology of Survival with psychologist, Dr. George Blackall and survivorship social worker, Sara Merrill

The Life on Pause crew chats with Dr. Blackall and Sara about the emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis. How does a young adult navigate the emotional territory of mortality, fear, anxiety and survivor’s guilt? How do I do the ‘normal’ tasks of young adulthood with a cancer diagnosis?