This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, register by clicking the RSVP button above or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org.

You will receive the Zoom information no later than the morning of your program.

In Partnership with Life with Cancer and Hope Connections

Hot Topics for YACS: Fear of Recurrence - Young Adult Cancer

Fear of cancer coming back is the most common long-term effect of surviving cancer.
The majority of those diagnosed with cancer report this as a concern post-treatment; some struggle with it regularly even years after treatment has ended.
Unchecked, fear of recurrence can be a constant source of distraction and worry.
Come learn about techniques to rein in anxiety and master your fears.

About Hope Connections

Hope Connections for Cancer Support

Our mission: To help people with cancer and their loved ones deal with the emotional and physical impact of cancer through participation in professionally facilitated programs of emotional support, education, wellness, and hope.

About

About Life with Cancer

Inova Life with Cancer

Life with Cancer, a program of the Inova Schar Cancer Institute, has become Northern Virginia’s leading cancer education and support organization. We offer a variety of programs and services for patients, survivors, and their family members to help individuals cope with cancer, its treatments, and survivorship in the best possible way.

About Us

To register for this program, please visit: http://ow.ly/5AFF50Hzo09

In Partnership with Life with Cancer and Hope Connections

Hot Topics for Young Adults : Let's Talk About Sex AND Pleasure

For young adults, sex is an important topic, and pleasure may be the most important aspect of sex. For young adults with cancer, there are unique questions and concerns about sex and sexual health that the medical team may not be adequately answering, and pleasure is likely never discussed. Join us as we have a frank and honest conversation, and provide accurate information to help support a safe, healthy, and pleasurable approach to sex and cancer.


About Hope Connections

Hope Connections for Cancer Support

Our mission: To help people with cancer and their loved ones deal with the emotional and physical impact of cancer through participation in professionally facilitated programs of emotional support, education, wellness, and hope.

About

About Life with Cancer

Inova Life with Cancer

Life with Cancer, a program of the Inova Schar Cancer Institute, has become Northern Virginia’s leading cancer education and support organization. We offer a variety of programs and services for patients, survivors, and their family members to help individuals cope with cancer, its treatments, and survivorship in the best possible way.

About Us

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, register by clicking the RSVP button above or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org.

You will receive the Zoom information no later than the morning of your program.

In Partnership with Life with Cancer and Hope Connections

Hot Topics for Young Adults: I Swear You Aren’t Crazy: Impacts of a Young Adult Cancer Diagnosis on Your Mental Health

Receiving a cancer diagnosis at any age is a shock to the system. But for a young adult, it is even more unexpected, traumatic, and often finds us stumbling in the dark. Explore the impact that a cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship has on a young adult. We will also review the unique barriers to the young adult cancer population, what’s “normal,” and when to ask for help. Learn some basic coping strategies for dealing with life when it feels like you are struggling just to tread water every day. Facilitated by Oncology Certified Social Worker, Courtney Weaver, LSCW. Courtney is an oncology clinical therapist with Inova’s Life with Cancer program.


About Hope Connections

Hope Connections for Cancer Support

Our mission: To help people with cancer and their loved ones deal with the emotional and physical impact of cancer through participation in professionally facilitated programs of emotional support, education, wellness, and hope.

About

About Life with Cancer

Inova Life with Cancer

Life with Cancer, a program of the Inova Schar Cancer Institute, has become Northern Virginia’s leading cancer education and support organization. We offer a variety of programs and services for patients, survivors, and their family members to help individuals cope with cancer, its treatments, and survivorship in the best possible way.

About Us

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register through www.lifewithcancer.org or email Lauren.Broschak@inova.org.

In Partnership with Life with Cancer and Hope Connections

Sometimes, words aren’t enough to describe the emotional impact of cancer on young adults. Join us as we discuss emotional health, explore how art therapy can support young adults coping with cancer, and engage in an art experiential activity.


 

About Hope Connections

Our mission: To help people with cancer and their loved ones deal with the emotional and physical impact of cancer through participation in professionally facilitated programs of emotional support, education, wellness, and hope.

About

About Life with Cancer

Life with Cancer, a program of the Inova Schar Cancer Institute, has become Northern Virginia’s leading cancer education and support organization. We offer a variety of programs and services for patients, survivors, and their family members to help individuals cope with cancer, its treatments, and survivorship in the best possible way.

About Us

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org

with author Judith Pearson and Julia Rowland, PhD

From Shadows to Life: A Biography of the Cancer Survivorship Movement by Judith Pearson

In 1971, the world’s most feared disease might suddenly be survivable. Yet millions with a cancer history remained in the shadows. Fifty years later, From Shadows to Life: A Biography of the Cancer Survivorship Movement tells the story of the movement that changed everything. Regardless of whether you’ve read the book, you’ll truly enjoy this conversation with the author, Judith Pearson and Dr. Julia Rowland.


About Judith Pearson

Judith Pearson

Judy Pearson’s career began in a tree: a wonderful old maple in her parents’ backyard, with a perfect branch on which to sit and write. Now hundreds of thousands of words later, this Michigan native’s voice is still inspiring! She is a best-selling author, an accomplished presenter, and a graduate of Michigan State University. But her favorite title is “story teller.”

Always a fan of history, Judy’s first books told of ordinary people who became extraordinary heroes during World War II. The first, Belly of the Beast: A POW’s True Story of Faith, Courage and Survival, recounts the saga of an American naval corpsman taken prisoner in the Philippines at the outset of the war in the Pacific.

Next came The Wolves at the Door: The True Story of America’s Greatest Female Spy, the first American book to tell the story of the amazing Virginia Hall. Judy traveled to Britain and France for research. Her fluency in French enabled her to interview men who had been a part of Virginia’s espionage circuit. It is not only a best-seller, but has been purchased for a movie.

A diagnosis of Triple Negative Breast Cancer interrupted Judy’s career as an author, although she created an anthology of the articles and blogs she wrote during her cancer experience. It’s Just Hair: 20 Essential Life Lessons won a 2012 International Book Award. Cancer also led Judy to found A 2nd Act, a nonprofit that supports and celebrates women survivors of all cancers who are giving back to the greater good.

Believing there is always treasure in life’s wreckage, Judy’s treasure became the topic of her next book. From Shadows to Life: A Biography of the Cancer Survivorship Movement has already received an impressive and positive reaction from survivors, the medical community, and the public at large.

Honored in Washington, DC, by the American Association of Cancer Research and featured in their National Cancer Research Progress Report, Judy is former member of the Society of Integrative Oncology and the American Psychosocial Oncology Society, a founding board member of Arizona Women for the Arts, a member of the American Association for University Women, and a past board member of the Michigan State University Alumni Association. Named one of Chicago’s Most Inspirational Women by Chicago Magazine, she was selected as a finalist for the Arizona Healthcare Leadership Awards in 2018 and named a Phoenix Healthcare Hero that same year.

Judy was named one of Chicago’s Most Inspirational Women, was selected as a finalist for the Arizona Healthcare Leadership Awards and named a Phoenix Healthcare Hero the same year.

Judy and her husband, David, live at the base of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, loving life and making one another laugh every day.

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must email info@hopeconnectionsforcancer.org to register.

In Partnership with Hope Connections, 2Unstoppable, and Life with Cancer

Join DC Metro Young Adult Cancer community partners: 2Unstoppable, Hope Connections, Life with Cancer and Smith Center for inspiration and support to help you stay active after diagnosis, during treatment, and long into survivorship.

About 2Unstoppable

2Unstoppable is a non-profit organization founded by two women with a personal history of Breast Cancer and who realized the many benefits of staying active during and after treatment. We now want to help other women on their cancer journeys experience a better quality of life and improved outcomes through exercise.

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About Hope Connections

Our mission: To help people with cancer and their loved ones deal with the emotional and physical impact of cancer through participation in professionally facilitated programs of emotional support, education, wellness, and hope.

About

About Life with Cancer

Life with Cancer, a program of the Inova Schar Cancer Institute, has become Northern Virginia’s leading cancer education and support organization. We offer a variety of programs and services for patients, survivors, and their family members to help individuals cope with cancer, its treatments, and survivorship in the best possible way.

About Us