We launched YACC Web: Talks early in the quarantine, a “weekly” webcast with an expert on an issue surrounding the young adult cancer experience. As life continued to evolve over the last few months, this webcast did, too. Now, with schedules back to somewhat normal, we learned a 90-minute live webcast on Thursday afternoons wasn’t ideal for most of our community members, so we’re switching it up again!
The original We Get It web series was released as a one-time project back in 2009. We spoke with members of the YACC community about issues faced by young adults dealing with cancer in their late teens, 20s, and 30s.
After trying out a few options, we realized that’s kind of what we want to with the next version of YACC Web: Talks — so We Get It is back!
Join us each Monday as we talk to a survivor, supporter, health professional, or lifestyle expert to help you live with, through, and beyond cancer! Videos will be posted here, our YouTube channel, and our Facebook page.
Closed captioning available on our YouTube links!
In this week’s episode of We Get It, Karine chats with Marissa Thomas, co-founder of For The Breast of Us, “a breast cancer community for women of color.”
They discuss the importance of storytelling, Marissa shares some tips on how to navigate the healthcare system, and they also speak of privilege and how becoming conscious of our own can help the greater good!
Thank you to our partners at CIBC for supporting this web series!
March 8: A chat with Tom Masterson
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Karine (she/her/hers) is an extrovert who loves her introverted moments! She can have a bit of a potty mouth, but only to make a point because, let’s be honest, cancer fucking sucks! She has been the program director at Young Adult Cancer Canada for almost 12 years now, and absolutely loves it!
Originally from Montreal, she fell in love with the young adult cancer community and moved to St. John’s, NL to work with YACC. She strongly believes that when we feel heard by people who truly get it, it provides a sense of relief and opens us up for growth and healing. She sees it happening daily in the YACC community and that fuels her passion to do more and better for this forgotten generation.
With We Get It, she aims to break the feelings of isolation and offer information that is relevant to young adults dealing with cancer and anyone supporting them.
Dani (she/her) is a proud YACC alumna and oncology/palliative care social worker. Dani lives with lynch syndrome and was diagnosed with colorectal cancer at age 23, which inspired her pursuit of medical social work to help future patients and caregivers navigate complex systems, find emotional support, and make deeper connections to communities and themselves.
Dani practices with a commitment to anti-oppressive practice and is heavily influenced by strengths-based, narrative, and structural approaches to care. She is passionate about improving health literacy and access to evidence-based information.
She currently works for Sunnybrook Health Science Centre in Palliative Care. She has previously worked for YACC developing their YACCtivist program and continues to volunteer as a YACCtivist. She has also volunteered as the Toronto Localife leader, Survivor Conference speaker, and Retreat Yourself Peer Facilitator.
This program is made possible thanks to the generous support of:
Production of YACC Web: Talks has been made possible through collaboration and financial support from the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer Corporation and Health Canada.
The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of
the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer Corporation or Health Canada.