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.
Stupid Cancer has virtual resources for you to explore while we practice social distancing:
The AYA community already knows a thing or two about social distancing, so this pandemic can’t stop us! Although we were sad to have to cancel CancerCon 2020 we are SO excited to bring you Digital CancerCon, a whole new way to experience CancerCon.
On June 6th and 7th CancerCon is coming directly to your computer screen with a FREE, two day digital conference packed with important information, opportunities to connect with other AYAs across the country, and most importantly, fun!
Once a month, we host a webinar with a reputable partner who has plenty of valuable information for you! All of our past Webinars is posted on here, as well as the information needed to register.
- COVID-19 Concerns: Part 2 – May 12, 2020
- Mindfulness When Our Minds Are Full – April 16, 2020
- Coping with Isolation and Fear – March 24, 2020
- COVID-19 Concerns – March 13, 2020
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 on your laptop or phone! Log on at 9 pm Eastern / 6 pm Pacific. For more information click here. Stupid Cancer can also help you organize your own Digital Meetup! Reach out to Dana Brown, 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.
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.