Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Busy busy busy!

Thanks to everyone who has been in touch lately, especially those of you asking for copies of the booklet! Ive been to the post office a lot lately, and I couldnt be happier about it. Im so glad these booklets are getting out of my house and into the hands of the people who they were created for.

Please send us an email at BRICKSpgh at gmail dot com to receive your copy, or with any questions or comments. And dont forget to let us know if youre working on a submission for volume 2! Although I had initially hoped for a December 31 deadline for submissions, thats just not feasible, so the deadline has been extended indefinitely. We cant make the booklet without you.

I finally got over my awkwardness about sending a booklet to my hometown newspaper, so maybe thatll be a good thing that will get us a little press and reach a new audience of people. Ive kept my adult life pretty separate from my childhood life, but this might be one exception. I'll let you all know how it goes!

Thanks as always for your support and happy 2011!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

LLS YAconnect Webcast

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

8:30 PM to 10:00 PM EASTERN
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM CENTRAL
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM MOUNTAIN
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM PACIFIC

This webcast for young adults facing cancer will feature Owen Applequist, a young adult lymphoma survivor; Michael Mauro, MD, a hematologist/ oncologist from Oregon Health and Science University; Kate Breitenbach, BA, RN, an oncology nurse and Lauren Kirby, MSW, LCSW, an oncology social worker from the University of Chicago Medical Center in an open discussion about:

Communicating with your healthcare team
Making treatment decisions
Managing side effects
Talking to family and friends
Coping with fears of recurrence
Planning for long-term health and well-being
And more!

Program participants will have the opportunity to chat online with other young adults and ask questions of the panel.

Go to www.LLS.org/YAconnect for information and registration for this free interactive program.

Visit www.LLS.org/YAconnect to hear audio replays from past YAconnect webcasts: Navigating Employment and Insurance and Getting the Answers You Need: Fatigue and Other Cancer Treatment Side Effects.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Y'all know these are free, right?

If you havent gotten a copy of our booklet, the BRICKS for Young Adults Cancer Awareness & Resource Guide, now might be a fine time. I'll be making lots of trips to the post office, and wouldnt mind adding a few of these to the mix. If you havent gotten/read/seen one, send us an email at BRICKSpgh@gmail.com with your mailing address and we'll get one right out to you. If you're with a group or organization that might like more than one copy, just let us know how many youd like!

The 68 page booklet contains submissions from 15 young adult cancer patients, survivors, their partners and loved ones. It also has a resource guide in the back that includes a recommended reading list. And dont forget, we're soliciting submissions for version 2, so get in touch if youd like to contribute your story!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Terminally Illin'

Please check out and support this awesome project, started by 2-time young adult cancer survivor Kaylin. Give her blog "Cancer is Hilarious" a look-see while youre at it!