For some of the most critical topics, we know there’s always more to say. Some things we just need to talk about.
Discussion Series are an opportunity to take a deep dive into the most important issues. Join for one session, or participate in the entire month-long series for extended learning and discussion in a group setting.
Each ninety minute online workshop will focus on a different aspect of the overall topic, featuring a presentation and small group discussions. The first 30 minutes of the session will be a recorded presentation to be shared on our website as a mini-webinar available to our full community. The final hour will be a confidential discussion section and will not be recorded.
February Discussion Session: Cancer Transitions
Thursday, February 24 @ 4:00 - 5:30 pm ET
The initial disorienting transition from “healthy person” to “patient” is one that we discuss often in the AYA community, but the AYA cancer experience is filled with other periods of transition which can also be difficult to navigate. Maybe you are shifting from pediatric care to an adult hospital, returning to the hospital after a recurrence, or feeling adrift after finishing active treatment and moving into survivorship…whatever that may mean for you. No matter what transition you are going through, this discussion is an opportunity to talk with your AYA peers about adapting to a changing identity within and beyond the cancer landscape.
May Discussion Series:
Dealing with (In)Fertility
Tuesdays from 5:30 - 7:00 pm ET
No Time to Decide: Fertility Preservation & The Rush to Treatment
Tuesday, May 10
When you’re diagnosed with cancer, your doctors usually want treatment to begin as quickly as possible. So for many AYAs, the decision whether or not to delay treatment in order to preserve fertility is incredibly rushed…if it even happens at all. This discussion is an opportunity to reflect on what you were told about fertility during diagnosis or early treatment and share your experiences and feelings with your AYA peers.
Coping with Grief & Uncertainty in the Face of Infertility
Tuesday, May 17
Whether or not you know you want to be a parent, having that choice potentially taken away from you because of cancer treatment can trigger a lot of complicated and surprising emotions. Unfortunately, struggling with the uncertainty of potential infertility or a high-risk pregnancy, grieving the loss of fertility, and mourning the life you planned are all common experiences for AYAs. Join this discussion to process and unpack the many complicated feelings that infertility can create.
What Are They Thinking? (In)fertility’s Impact on Romantic Relationships
Tuesday, May 24
Deciding to become parents is probably the biggest decision a couple can make, and so it’s no secret that struggling with infertility can put a huge strain on even the strongest relationship. It can be hard to talk openly about your concerns with current partners on such a delicate and important issue…and it can feel impossible to bring it up with dates or new relationships. This conversation is an opportunity to get honest and vulnerable with other people that understand what you’re going through.
The Long Road to Parenthood: IVF, Surrogacy, Adoption, Oh My!
Tuesday, May 31
For AYAs that have decided to have a child, there are many roads to parenthood. Unfortunately, it’s not always an easy – or an affordable – path. Whether you are considering your options, facing challenges with IVF, surrogacy, or adoption, or reflecting back from the sleep-deprived haze of new parenthood, this discussion is a space to share the frustrations and joys of the journey to parenthood and learn from others who have been there.