Teens with cancer are not always comfortable speaking openly to adults or their friends/classmates about their cancer experience. Cancer in your teenage years can prove incredibly isolating and lonely as teens are forced to face many issues that are unique to them and which may not easily be understood by other young people. Childhood Cancer Canada has created a confidential social hub where teens with cancer can connect with their peers and with young mentors, young childhood cancer survivors, who had cancer as teens. This online platform provides teens with a confidential, nation-wide forum enabling them to connect at any time with their peers online, share their journeys, and provide support to one another.
If you are a Teen (ranging in age from 13 – 19 years old) currently in treatment or a Mentor, a young survivor (19 – 29 years of age), who would like to share your cancer journey, please click here to sign-up today!
If you would like to speak to a CCC staff member about the Teen Connector online community, please email Zoey Friedman, Manager of National Programs & Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note, if you are a teen between the ages of 13 – 16, you will need to have your parent or guardian fill out the parental consent form. Please click here to fill out the form and submit the completed form to email@example.com or fax it to the attention of Zoey Friedman at (416) 489-9812.
On Monday March 17 from 8:00-9:00 PM (EST), expert Registered Dietitian Desiree Nielsen will be hosting our Teen Connector chat room. Desiree is a registered dietitian and nutrition consultant in Vancouver who is a passionate advocate for holistic and integrative approaches to nutrition that puts whole foods first. Desiree is the author of the upcoming book, Un-Junk Your Diet and a regular feature in local and national media such as CBC News Now and Breakfast Television as well as Chatelaine and Fresh Juices magazines. Nutrition education is at the core of her work and Desiree travel throughout North America motivating others to make healthier choices every day with her practical, light-hearted approach.
On Monday March 17th Desiree will be on Teen Connector, ready to discuss questions, concerns and interests in health and nutrition, and how to live a well-balanced and healthy lifestyle, particularly for Teens who are currently battling or who are survivors of childhood cancer. Please log on to Teen Connector at 8:00 PM EST to join in the discussion!
Are you a teen currently battling cancer, or a teen who is a childhood cancer survivor, and not yet a Teen Connector member? Contact Zoey at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to join!