Midwest Young Adult Cancer Conference: Free To Attend
Gilda’s Club invites adolescent and young adult cancer survivors and their loved ones to a free educational conference. The conference is scheduled for Saturday, March 24, from noon to 5 p.m. at Gilda’s Club, 7907 UW Health Ct. in Middleton.
To assist in the process, Gilda’s Club Madison is hosting a free conference for young adults living with cancer, ages 17-40, and their loved ones on Saturday, March 24, 2012. This event offers young cancer survivors an opportunity to connect and learn about their options throughout the cancer journey, regardless of the outcome.
Life throws many challenges in the way of young adults- education, insurance, careers, family, and launching out on their own. Add a cancer diagnosis, and life can feel overwhelming.
Young cancer survivors are often caught between the worlds of pediatric and adult oncology. As they develop their own identities, the relationship the survivor has with parents, caregivers, friends and colleagues often changes. They face a unique set of challenges as they navigate their lives. Relationships become more complicated, work and school issues arise, self care and navigating the road to a healthy life are challenges. There are also long term effects of treatment to deal with.
As difficult as these issues are, one of the biggest challenges is dealing with isolation and the lack of understanding from well meaning people in their lives. Young survivors do not need to navigate these roads alone. There is strength in numbers. The challenge is identifying others on a similar path.
Gilda’s Club Madison and the Midwest Young Adult Cancer Conference are both resources for adolescent & young adult cancer survivors, and their supporters. At a monthly networking group, young survivors meet others who have had a cancer diagnosis. They connect, laugh, and discuss the very real challenges of life after a diagnosis. There are social activities and opportunities to learn about wellness, self care, and nutrition.
Gilda’s Club Madison Wisconsin, along with Radiate Hope, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Novartis Oncology, invite adolescent and young adult cancer survivors and their loved ones to a free and fun educational conference. The Midwest Young Adult Cancer Conference will provide workshops full of practical information. Diet, exercise, relationships, careers, and long term side effects will all be discussed. Saturday, March 24, from noon to 5 p.m. at Gilda’s Club Madison, 7907 UW Health Ct.
Keynote Speaker, Mike Lang, documentary producer, adventurer and cancer survivor, will talk about the importance of telling one’s story.
Advance registration is preferred, but walk-in attendees are welcome. To register, please go to our website. (http://gildasclubmadison.org/