Connection and Support are Vital
b-there provides 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.
What's Next for my Friend w/ Cancer?
What do I Do?
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Support Squad Webinar Series
The first time an adolescent or young adult (AYA) hears the news that their friend or loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, they may be at a loss for what this means, and more importantly, how they can be supportive during this difficult time.
This Support Squad Webinar Series covers a different topic every month and focuses on providing the information and resources supporters need to be present and stay connected for their loved ones throughout treatment and beyond.LEARN MORE
Staying Connected With Friends Near and Far
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
AYA Cancer Community Stories
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
Organizations 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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