Living with Fear: The Courage to Find Peace of Mind


DC Young Adult Cancer Community Special Fall Event

- Sunday, October 16, 1:30-4:30pm


Join us for a special meeting of the DC Young Adult Cancer Community on October 16th where we will be offering a workshop facilitated by an incredible group of women from Callanish in British Columbia. This 3-hour workshop will focus on fear, grief and loss, and will be followed by a screening of their short film "I'm Still Here: Young Adults Living With Recurrent Cancer". 

Fear is a lifelong companion to all people who have, at some time in their lives, been diagnosed with cancer.

So-called normal life is shaken up as you grapple with what this diagnosis means in terms of your future and the future of your family. How do I live with this uncertainty about life and feeling forever changed by this experience of cancer?

Fear can immobilize you and interfere with your ability to enjoy life. The continual presence of fear can become intolerable to the self, and to family members and friends who do not know how to help. Every ache or pain becomes the cancer returning and thoughts of dying can be constant. Even with stable check-ups you may be consumed with thoughts about illness and loss. Family members and friends can become impatient and unable to understand your preoccupation with morbidity. This fear can be all-consuming yet is often experienced privately and you can feel very alone.

This 3-hour workshop is intended to help you explore your fears with curiosity and courage in the company of people who understand. We hope that by the end of this workshop you will have found ways to understand and face your fears so that they have less control over you, and develop more trust in yourself so that you have the capacity to handle whatever life puts in front of you.

Facilitated by Janie Brown, Daphne Lobb, and Danielle Schroeder from the Callanish Society in Vancouver, BC, Canada. ( Callanish provides residential retreats and support programs for people living with, and/or dying from, cancer to reconnect with the essentials of life. The documentary film “I’m Still Here: Young Adults Living Life with Recurrent Cancer” highlights the work of the Callanish Society.

This group is designed for participants from ages 19-39 at any point in the cancer journey. Attendance is limited to 12 people. Please RSVP in advance if you plan to attend. You may RSVP below or contact Kiersten at or 202.483.8600.

This workshop will be followed by a special screening of the film "I'm Still Here: Young Adults Living With Recurrent Cancer" from 5:00-5:45pm. Workshop registrants are encouraged to stay for the screening. You can read more about the film by clicking here. 

The DC Young Adult Cancer Suport Community is an initiative of:

  • Cancer Support Community
  • George Washington University Hospital/Medical Faculty Associates
  • First Descents
  • Hope Connections for Cancer Support
  • Howard University Hospital
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Life with Cancer
  • Medstar Georgetown University Hospital
  • Nueva Vida
  • Sisters Nework
  • Smith Center for Healing and the Arts
  • Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
  • Virginia Hospital Center
  • Washington Cancer Institute at Medstar Washington Hospital Center
  • Young Survival Coalition (DC Chapter)

Smith Center is located at 1632 U Street, in Northwest DC. Both the Dupont Circle (red) and U Street (green/yellow) metro stops are an easy walk (about 1/2 mile) and street parking is also available. 


JANIE BROWN RN, MSN, MA (Psych.) is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Callanish Society. Janie received her M.A.(Psych) at St Andrew’s University, Scotland, and her MSN at the University of British Columbia. She worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist at the B.C. Cancer Centre, Vancouver for many years before establishing her oncology counselling practice, and co-founding the Callanish Society in 1995. She writes a blog and is in the process of completing her first book. Contact: or 1-604- 732-1012.


DAPHNE LOBB, MD, CCFP (PC) is a founding member of the Callanish Society ( She received her medical degree at Queen’s University and her CCFP (family practice) at the University of British Columbia. Daphne has been working as a palliative care leader in Vancouver for 25 years. She was the medical director of St. Paul’s Hospital Palliative Care Program in Vancouver for many years. She currently practices palliative care in both acute care hospitals and community/home settings and teaches medical residents as clinical faculty at UBC. She has been a facilitator on all of the week-long residential Callanish retreats since it started in 1997. She is dedicated to bringing the humanity back to medicine.


DANIELLE SCHROEDER, CCC, MA works as both a Clinical Counsellor and Yoga Teacher. In her counselling work, Danielle has worked extensively in the areas of cancer care, palliative care, and grief and loss. At present, she works as the Young Adult Program coordinator at Callanish Society, facilitating groups and providing counselling for young adults and their families. Danielle received her MA in Counselling Psychology at City University of Seattle in 2009. She has also been practicing Yoga since 1999 and started teaching in 2005. Contact: (604) 732-1012.