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Living with a Cancer that May Never Go Away Meet-Up

Intended Audience

Members living with an advanced, metastatic, stage lV, or chronic cancer diagnosis, and their caregivers.

Program Description

These meetup sessions offer a safe, relaxed space for members with cancer that may never go away and their caregivers, to connect with others walking a similar path. Join this group for gentle activities, lighthearted fun and opportunities for tender conversations that may emerge about living with uncertainty, managing emotions, and coping with the physical aspects of cancer and treatment. Compassionate professionals facilitate the meetup.

“Lets me be me part of a group with similar journeys, feel I belong.”

“Helps me to understand what my mom is going through.”

“Emotional awareness of others with a situation similar to mine; sharing with people who understand.”

Benefits and Impact

Many studies have shown that connecting with others going through similar cancer experiences can help people feel less anxious, less fearful, and more resilient. In this facilitated group setting, participants tell us that in connecting they feel supported and empowered; that the connections they build help them feel less isolated and alone.

Other benefits of group sharing include:

  • a safe place to name and manage emotions
  • insights and understanding from others in similar situations
  • compassionate listening and guidance from a skilled leader
  • suggestions for coping
  • information and other resources that may be helpful

What to Expect at a Session

This is an informal monthly gathering of people looking for ways to coexist with cancer. Caregivers are also invited to join and participate. Varying group dynamics may impact the way sessions unfolds, but generally participants are invited to listen, share stories, and explore strategies to help manage physical, emotional and practical symptoms of cancer and treatment.

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