YACC Web: Chats is a new program designed to help us all connect during the quarantine. Four awesome YACCers, Gabrielle, Krista, Marley, and Mike, will host the Chats via Zoom. For now, we are limiting these chats to 11 people per session (first come first serve), and you can only register for one session each week. We will be offering up to three sessions per week — the exact schedule is to be determined — along with other virtual presentations TBA.
“When I first learned of these YACC virtual chats, I was an emotional disaster. I was just finishing up my last treatment and I couldn’t even say my diagnosis out loud without crying. These weekly virtual chats have given me the strength and confidence I have been seeking. There is something about connecting with fellow cancer survivors that is invigorating — strength in numbers, I guess. After all they have done for me, I cannot even imagine not attending anymore.”
Meet your hosts:
Gabrielle (she/her) is thoughtful, calm, and intuitive. She is a young adult cancer thriver. Having been diagnosed in 2015 with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, she underwent chemotherapy and radiation at the age of 19 and was declared in remission in 2016. She connected with YACC in 2018 when she attended Retreat Yourself Ontario, at which her cancer experience shifted towards growth. Since, she has participated in and volunteered for most YACC programs: Retreat Yourself, Survivor Conference, YACCtivist, Localife, YACC Web: Chats, and YACC Web: Talks. The importance of connection in her own cancer experience is the main reason why she leads these chats weekly. (Read Gabrielle’s YACC profile)
Krista (she/her) is ambitious, optimistic, and passionate. She is a cancer survivor! Krista was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma on March 18, 2020, just eight months after giving birth to twin babies and 12 days shy of her 33rd birthday. She completed four cycles of chemotherapy and was given remission status on June 17, 2020. Finding YACC and connecting with other young adults with cancer was a life line for Krista. It was at this point that she knew she needed to give back and connect with other young adults with cancer the way YACC did with her when she was first diagnosed.
Marley (she/her) is kind, compassionate, and resilient. She is a young adult cancer thriver. Marley was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer in 2013, just days after her 20th birthday. Despite numerous surgeries and treatments, Marley’s cancer relapsed in 2015 and 2018. She now lives her life, fully, with stable metastatic cancer. Marley was first connected to YACC in 2014 after searching desperately for understanding and support from peers. Since her arrival at YACC, Marley has participated in many events/initiatives within the community such as Survivor Conference, Big Cancer Hook-up, YACCtivist, YACC Web: Chats, and YACC Web: Talks, as well as spearheading an AYA Support Group in Northern Ontario-Young Adult Cancer Sudbury. Her experiences with peer support in her own journey with cancer taught Marley to value community and connection and has inspired her to facilitate weekly YACC Web: Chats on the struggles of survivorship. (Read Marley’s YACC profile)
Mike (he/him) is friendly, compassionate, and introspective. As a young adult cancer survivor and thriver, he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) at age 27 in 2018 and underwent chemotherapy and an allogeneic stem-cell transplant before reaching full remission in 2019. Getting connected to the young adult cancer community played an immensely positive role for Mike in his post-treatment recovery, allowing him to learn from the experiences of other survivors while providing opportunities to give and receive support. Since joining the YACC community in 2019, Mike has participated in many of its programs including Localife, Big Cancer Hook-up, Survivor Conference 2020: Virtual, YACC Web: Talks, and YACC Web: Chats. The importance of giving back and remaining connected is the main reason Mike hosts his bi-weekly Web Chats. (Read Mike’s YACC profile)
Production of YACC Web: Chats has been made possible through collaboration and financial support from the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer Corporation and Health Canada.
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the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer Corporation or Health Canada.