Wednesday, September 6, 2017

September #gyncsm Chat: A Balanced Life - advocacy, survivorship, new normal

Christina and I have seen many posts on social media related to finding a new normal, how to become involved in advocacy (self, research, legislative), and issues that affect survivorship. We feel that this month, Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month, is a perfect time to focus on issues of finding a Balanced Life after a cancer-related diagnosis. While we mainly focus on gyn cancers, this topic is important to anyone who has received a major diagnosis - regardless of the type - and we invite everyone to join us.

This month we are also excited to be celebrating our anniversary. A special thanks to our moderators Drs. Markham, Westin, Boulay and Becker-Shutte and to the OCRFA, SGO and Foundation for Women's Cancer for your support - without which we would not be able to continue serving those whose lives have been impacted by gynecologic cancers.

Here are the topic questions that will guide our hour long chat on finding a balanced life following diagnosis:
T1: During treatment, what adjustments did you make (nutrition/exercise/work) to help you stay balanced physically and emotionally?

T2: When you finished first line treatment, how did you feel? What things did you go back to doing and what stayed changed?

T3a: What does the term “new normal” mean to you?
T3b: What does your own new normal currently look like? Where are you in your search for balance?

T4: How soon after your diagnosis did you start volunteering and/or sharing your story? What are you involved in for awareness month?

T5: Do you ever feel the need to take a break from all things cancer? What do you do and where do you turn when you reach that point?
We hope you can join us on September 13, 2017 at 9pmET (8CT/6PT) and share your experience with finding a "balanced life" with all of us.

#gyncsm moderator

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