To the Stupid Cancer community:
The outbreak of COVID-19 has proven to be a stressful time for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions as most of you already know. Stupid Cancer recognizes the immense stress this adds to the AYA community and would like to share some coping mechanisms we have available to you though our programs and partners.
Here are a few things the CDC recommends you can do to support yourself in these trying times:
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
- Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
- Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
How has the COVID-19 crisis affected you?
You can help Stupid Cancer better understand the impact the current public health crisis has had on the AYA community. We joined forces with Embleema to gather and share real time information on the impact of COVID-19. Your feedback is critical to our understanding of how the community is responding to increased social isolation, anxiety, and the impact on your treatment. By participating in this survey, you are letting us know how we can help you navigate the changing treatment landscape and what programming will better serve you in this difficult time. You will get an understanding of the impact of the disease on other AYAs while contributing to critical public health research.
To participate, click here.
Stupid Cancer has virtual resources for you to explore while we practice social distancing:
My Fitness Journey
Time: Friday, February 5 at 2:00 pm ET
Get your fit-spiration for our February Fitness Challenge by hearing from a panel of active young adult cancer survivors about how focusing on fitness has been part of their cancer experience.
Chair Dancing for Beginners
Time: Friday, February 12 at 3:00 pm ET
Join cancer survivor and pole dance instructor Amanda Brunson for a fun, sexy workout! Since you probably don’t have a pole in your living room, this beginner-level demo will teach you the basics using floor work and chair dancing. It’s a great way to participate in our February Fitness Challenge. Come sweat and laugh with us…and maybe learn some fun moves to use this Valentine’s weekend.
Fitness at Home for Beginners
Time: Friday, February 19 at 3:00 pm ET
Who wants to go to a gym in a pandemic? If you’ve set some fitness goals but are having trouble getting motivated, join survivor and cancer exercise specialist Casey Head for an at home workout that will get you off the couch (at least for a little while). It’s a great way to participate in our February Fitness Challenge. If you’ve got a body and want to move that body, then come and move it together with us at this live workout.
To view all past webinars click here.
Stupid Cancer Digital Meetups are a chance to have fun and connect with your peers with no stigma, and without leaving your house! Digital Meetups happen every Monday night at 9 pm EST and Thursday night at 8 pm EST on your laptop or phone! For more information click here. Stupid Cancer can also help you organize your own Digital Meetup, reach out to Avni at email@example.com to find out how, or if you have any questions!
Upcoming Digital Meetups:
Stupid Cancer Stories:
We are not unaware of the effect that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on day to day social interactions. We know social distancing and isolation are things that the AYA community are no stranger to. We hope that Stupid Cancer Stories can be an outlet for you to not only read about your fellow AYA community member’s experiences, but you can also share your story. Sharing your story can have significant psychological and physical health benefits that can be crucial at this time. It can be healing and finding your voice can be empowering. It can help you connect with others, and motivate the AYA community. If you’d like to add your story to the Stupid Cancer Story Library, click here to upload your video or blog post.
A New Website Offers Support for Adolescent and Young Adults With Cancer During the COVID-19 Pandemic – A Conversation with Archie Bleyer, MD. Read now.
Finding credible resources and information for adolescent and young adult cancer patients and survivors during the COVID-19 crisis can be difficult. This website provides a listing of resources and programs for patients and survivors and disease specific recommendations for healthcare professionals through a collaboration of leading patient advocacy groups and oncologists specializing in adolescent and young adults affected by cancer. Click here.