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 Series:
Dating & Relationships
Tuesdays from 12:00 - 1:30 pm ET
There are a lot of side effects that come with cancer treatment but we often aren’t prepared for the impact cancer can have on dating and romantic relationships. Whether you are single and interested in dating or in a committed relationship, cancer can create many relationship challenges. Join this 2 week discussion series to better understand these difficulties, learn some coping mechanisms, and connect with other AYAs that get it.
Single and Maybe Ready to Mingle
Tuesday, February 6
Navigating a cancer diagnosis is hard. Many AYAs are navigating cancer at a time in their life when they also want to date and explore new relationships which can often feel like a lonely and difficult experience. Cancer treatment can cause physical and emotional changes that change how you feel about yourself and make dating more challenging. Life threatening illnesses are not the best ice breakers so how do you talk about these parts of yourself to new romantic interests? Whether you are interested in something casual, a situationship, or a long-term relationship cancer can complicate sex and intimacy. Join this discussion session to connect with other single AYAs trying to figure it out.
Long-term Relationships: In Sickness and in Health
Tuesday, February 13
Cancer can strain even the strongest relationships. Cancer treatment can alter physical intimacy, create new challenges with parenting, change plans for the future, and cause difficulties with fertility. This can be overwhelming to both partners and cause depression, anxiety, or anger. Our partners may cope differently with these challenges causing communication and relationship difficulties. Join this discussion session to better understand the impact cancer can have on long-term romantic relationships while connecting with other AYAs and learning new tools for coping.
March Discussion Series: Mental Health After Treatment
Wednesdays from 5:30 - 7:00 pm ET
Just because treatment is over doesn’t mean the battle is over. Many AYAs experience delayed mental health challenges as they transition into survivorship that can leave you feeling confused and disconnected from yourself. Join this 3 week discussion series that explores some of the common mental health concerns and identify confusion that can follow after treatment has ended.
The Mental Fight
Wednesday, March 6
Cancer treatment can cause you to operate in survival mode that makes processing experiences more difficult. Once treatment is over you may start to feel overwhelmed by feelings you were not expecting. Many AYAs experience a multitude of mental health concerns including depression, scanxiety, survivors guilt, fear of recurrence, and grief. Join this session to explore common mental health concerns experienced by survivors and learn coping skills while connecting with other AYAs.
Lost In Transition
Wednesday, March 13
Many AYAs report a loss of social and emotional supports once treatment has ended. They are expected to move on with their life while still processing the trauma they just experienced. This can leave AYAs feeling abandoned and disconnected from friends and family. The transition from patient to survivor can feel lonely and confusing. Join this discussion session to connect with AYAs navigating similar challenges as they enter survivorship.
Post Treatment Identity
Wednesday, March 20
AYAs face unique identity challenges related to their cancer experiences. You may have been exploring aspects of your identity and developing a sense of self prior to your cancer diagnosis. But now that treatment is over you feel confused about who you are and how your cancer has changed you. For some AYAs cancer becomes a big part of their identity while others resist having their lives be defined by cancer. Join this discussion session to better understand how cancer can impact identity and connect with other AYAs navigating similar identity challenges.