Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Y.E.S. - Young Adults Embracing Survivorship

This past Saturday marked the second annual Y.E.S. (Young adults Embracing Survivorship) program at the Y of Central Maryland, Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Family Center at Stadium Place (where Memorial Stadium used to be).

Young adult cancer survivors, those currently living with cancer, their family members and loved ones, came together for a day of education and fun. This program is open to all interested young adults and especially those living in Baltimore City and its surrounding suburbs. The UCF partners with several other wonderful organizations to make this event possible, including- The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society- Maryland Chapter, along with a generous donor family; the Y of Central Maryland; and Towson University Department of Nursing.

Highlights of the day included- kicking off the day with an inspiring introduction by Mel Brennan (Y- Stadium place director and young adult cancer survivor); sharing personal preferences about wigs, scarves and the bald-is-beautiful look while exfoliating our faces (and lips!) in the LIVING WELL AND LOOKING GOOD session; male bonding by some fabulous co-survivors (our husbands/fiances/boyfriends) in the CARING FOR THE CAREGIVER session; learning about acupuncture and trying out massage in the PATH TO WELLNESS session; and exploring creative ways to deal with finances during treatment and survivorship in the FINANCIAL RESOURCES FOR YOUR CANCER JOURNEY session.

The group meets on a quarterly basis at the Y for a more traditional support group (young adults only), and monthly in the community for social and networking activities. Please email Elizabeth if you have questions or are interested in joining (

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