Staying Connected From the Day of Diagnosis
b-connected is focused on providing the tools and resources that create shared understanding, improve communication, and help patients and supporters stay connected from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond. We collaborate with survivors, supporters, medical professionals, and like-minded organizations to understand the needs and challenges and create solutions that help peers be present as they navigate each unique phase of their friend’s cancer experience.
DiagnosisThe first few weeks are overwhelming and chaotic as everyone adjusts to the news. Needs for support may be difficult to verbalize, but establishing a support network early is critical to quality of life and health outcomes.
TreatmentLife settles into a new routine, but daily upsets continue. Physical, mental and emotional changes emerge as they cope with treatment and life upended. Normalcy, presence, and support from peers provides the needed escape and gives patients the strength to get through.
Beyond TreatmentReturning to life outside the hospital is an adjustment as physical and mental health effects persist during recovery. With uncertainties about health, finances, relationships and what's next, supportive and understanding friends are vital to a successful transition.
"I have cancer."
It is undeniably the three most devastating words you will hear your friend say. The shock, the fear, the sudden feeling of uncertainty for your friend, your friendship, and your future together…it can all be incredibly scary and overwhelming. Unanswered questions can make you feel helpless. Questions like: What do I do? What do I say? How do I act? How can I help? Am I capable of being by their side through thick and thin?
The most important thing you can do is choose to be present for your friend.
Your Friend Has Just Been Diagnosed With Cancer - Now What?
Most young adults never expect to hear the words “I have cancer” and feel totally unprepared when they do. Finding out a friend has cancer is devastating, scary, and overwhelming. Here are some tips to approach the news with courage and compassion.Learn More
What Do I Say To Someone With Cancer?
You just got the call that your friend has cancer. If you are a young adult, this may be the first time you personally know someone your age that has cancer. If that’s the case, you may be struggling with what to say or how to interact. We’re here to help you find the answers so you can be the supportive friend they need during this hard time.Learn More
b-there Online Connection Tool
b-there beta is a free online tool to help patients and their support network communicate and stay connected, whether they live down the street or across the country. It gives the patient a simple, low-stress way to share status, manage visits and activities, and request needed items. This information creates a shared understanding that empowers friends and family to provide the support that best matches the patient’s needs.Learn more
How To Stay Connected To Friends From Afar
Friendships are one of the most important aspects of our lives, and staying connected when isolated is essential for our mental health. Whether you have a friend that is stuck in the hospital or a long-distance BFF, remember there are tons of ways to b-present and stay connected to friends from afar.Learn More
Stories from the AYA Cancer Community
Every experience is different, but there are definitely themes to the young adult cancer experience. Personal stories from cancer survivors can help you understand the challenges, what is needed, and what positively or negatively impacted their quality of life. Information is power, and can help you be a better supporter for your friend.Learn More
AYA Organizations That Are Making A Difference
We compiled a list of helpful resources and organizations specific to the AYA cancer community. If you have a resource to add to this page, let us know!Learn More
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