While I was away retreating myself at our most recent young adult event, I received two very encouraging emails: one from Gilda's Club Greater Toronto and the other from the Cancer Patient Family Network in Nova Scotia.
Each group is offering young adult support group programs, which is so great to see!
I think it is awesome that there are other resources out there for young adult cancer patients and survivors. We all know that cancer for young adults is a different experience than any other age group. Issues such as dating & sex, fertility, education, finances, career, independence, etc. are different when you are 26 as opposed to when you're 66. These groups will help young adults connect and share in their experiences.
Toronto: Gilda's Club
Gilda's Club is running an I-Connect Networking Group, for young adults in their 20s and 30s living with cancer.
This group meets every last Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30pm in the clubhouse.
For more information connect with Athanas Nijeru, Manager, Adult Programs, Gilda's Club Greater Toronto (110 Lombard Street, Toronto), Telephone: 416-214-9898 or email: [email protected]
Nova Scotia: Cancer Patient Family Network
Nova Scotia's Cancer patient Family Network is running several support groups in the fall, but two are specifically for young adults. Both are offered online to anyone in Nova Scotia. One is for young women with breast cancer (up to age 45) and the other is a general young adults group (up to age 30).
For more information on the online groups, or other programs, please contact Dr. Deborah McLeod at 902-473-2964.
Bravo to both organizations for putting a focus on young adult cancer patients/survivors!