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Social and emotional development for the six-year-old me was also a struggle. Erik Erikson’s theory on development says that children between ages five and twelve are going through the “Industry vs. Inferiority" stage of social development. As children begin to measure
themselves against their peers, the desire to belong to a group increases. Most children attend school, where they can develop the skills needed to form relationships, as well as academic skills. Cancer treatments prevented me from attending a public school, and when I did return to school, I remember feeling very anxious and self-conscious. These are social and emotional struggles that I still deal with on a regular basis. “The two main psychosocial challenges for adolescents with cancer are the desire to continue to develop an identity apart from cancer and tobe viewed as an independent individual with agency” (Barlow & Ellard, 2006; Morgan et al., 2010).Physical development at age 6 was uneventful. As far as I am aware, I have developed normally. Besides some large scars, there have been no lingering effects from my cancer treatments as a child. My physical development was only impacted in that I was never able to play contact sports, due to the nephrectomy I had when I was six. I had to be especially protective of my one and only kidney. While there is no way to prove for sure, I believe that the radiation therapy that I received over my chest as a child impacted the growth of my breasts. Whether this is due to genetics or environmental factors will remain a mystery. This is somethingthat has impacted my ability to feel physical confidence throughout my adult life. The sixteen-year-old me was also struggling, but for a different reason. Perfectionism, depression, and anxiety were things that I was feeling, but could not identify. Adolescents move