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.
December Discussion Series:
Wednesdays from 5:00 - 6:30 pm ET
Adjusting to a Changing Body
Wednesday, December 1
After cancer treatment, it’s likely that your body looks and feels different…maybe very different. It can be distressing to adjust to the changes, even if they are temporary. Concerns about body image are valid and worthy of attention from your care team. This session will provide an opportunity to discuss how body changes affect your mental health and connect with other young patients/survivors experiencing the same concerns.
Dealing with Others’ Perceptions: From “But You Don’t Look Sick!” to “It’ll Grow Back!”
Wednesday, December 8
Whether it’s a “compliment” from your neighbor, a too personal question from your chatty aunt, or a staring child at the grocery store, it can be exhausting to deal with other people noticing or commenting on how your body has changed from cancer treatment. This discussion is a space to share frustrating experiences and learn strategies for navigating these complex social interactions.
Sex & Intimacy:
Bringing Sexy Back
Wednesday, December 15
As young adults, we all want to look and feel good naked…but there’s nothing like cancer treatment to kill the mood. After treatment, you may have experienced changes to your appearance and sexual function that make it intimidating to “get back out there.” This discussion will create a safe space to share your concerns and learn from your peers about how to regain comfort and confidence in the bedroom, whether you’re with your new boo, your spouse, or yourself.
Navigating Permanent Changes
Wednesday, December 22
If you’ve experienced a permanent change in your appearance because of treatment, you know the effects on your mental health, personal life, and social interactions can be far-reaching. This open discussion for those with disfigurements, amputations, and other facial and bodily differences will provide an opportunity to share stories and learn about resources.