Discussion Series

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.

May Discussion Series: Mental Health and Wellbeing

A Two Week Series

It’s common for many AYAs to experience mental health challenges both during treatment and once treatment has ended. Stress, worry, and isolation may cause you to feel confused and disconnected from both yourself and others. Led by Giselle Perez-Lougee, PhD, week 1 of this 2 week discussion series explores the unique impacts of social media on mental health and the best ways it can be used to foster connection without harming your wellbeing. Week 2 explores common mental health concerns and idenity confusion after treatment has ended. We hope to see you there to connect with other AYAs and learn strategies to enhance your mental wellness.

Healthy Ways to Interact with Social Media

Tuesday, May 21, 12:00 – 1:30 PM ET

Social media can create a paradoxical experience. It can be a wonderful way to connect with others, but it can also increase feelings of distress and isolation. Join this discussion to learn different ways to optimally use social media to enhance social connection and wellbeing while minimizing its harmful effects.

Lost in Transition

Thursday, May 30, 12:00 – 1:30 PM ET 

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.

July Discussion Series: Cancer, Sex, and Intimacy - Oh My!

Wednesdays from 12:00 - 1:30 pm ET

Talking about cancer, sex, and intimacy may sound like the stuff of nightmares, but it’s not. Equiping yourself with knowledge and comfort to navigate potentially awkward conversations with others about sex and intimacy are incredibly important and can lead to a more positive sense of self. Our first session in this two part Discussion Series will focus on the ways cancer may impact your relationship with your body and thus your desires for intimacy and connection. Our final session will be a Community Dialogue about cancer, sex, intimacy, and self-advocacy among LGBTQ+ folks and allies. We hope you join us!

A Changing Body

Wednesday, July 24

Cancer treatment will cause your body to look and feel different, perhaps like it’s not even your own body anymore. Changes to the body, whether they are temporary or permanent, can be distressing and have a significant impact on your mental health and your sex life. This session will provide an opportunity to explore how cancer affects your relationship with your body, while providing connection with other AYAs navigating these same challenges.

Community Dialogue: Conversations about Cancer, Sex, and Intimacy Among LGBTQ+ Folks and Allies

Wednesday, July 31

It’s an intimate thing to talk about intimacy, sex, and cancer. Join our Community Dialogue intended for LGBTQ+ folks and allies to engage in safe and supportive conversations about the ways cancer impacts sex and intimacy, while building comfort with self-advocacy.

Please review the Digital Programs Code of Conduct before attending and make sure to download Zoom before logging on. It’s free!