Re-claim Life - a place for young adult cancer survivors to talk about their experience

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“Everyone gets it here; I don’t have to explain.”

These are words from a young adult cancer survivor who participated in the Re-claim Life online program.

 

Re-claim Life is an online program for cancer survivors aged between 25 and 40 years, to come together to explore their cancer experience.  We know that despite best intentions, other people do not always fully understand the impact of cancer on your life. 

 

 

“I feel understood in this group. 

Other people lack comprehension of my experience.”

Led by two counsellors, the aim of the program is to help participants develop better coping skills and better manage their cancer-related concerns in the early survivorship period. 

 

Just because treatment is over, doesn’t mean life goes back to normal.  Whether someone is looking to form a new relationship, start a family, return to the workforce or just figure out how to go about life, Re-claim Life is a great place to start.

 

Through group discussion and education, participants gain tangible strategies to build resilience and coping skills.  The format of the program is via videoconferencing with six participants attending six, weekly sessions.

 

To find out more or to get involved, call Cancer Council NSW 1800 734 398

 

Re-claim Life is part of a larger research study developed by Ursula Sansom-Daly, Claire Wakefield and colleagues at the Behavioural Sciences Unit, Kids Cancer Centre, UNSW Sydney. Cancer Council NSW has partnered with the university to deliver the program.

 

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