"One thing I learned fast—you can't do it alone." 

Michelle, age 27

Connect with Others

Taking the time to try both online and in-person support offerings can be well worth your effort. Here are some ways to begin finding communities that matter. Social networks are not a replacement for professional medical advice. They do, however, allow us the opportunity to learn from others' past and current experiences, and to share with like-minded individuals.

Facebook & Twitter 

Social-Groups-FB-Twitter_5x7.gifWe've curated some Facebook groups and Twitter channels for adolescents and young adults with cancer. Take time to browse and find the ones that are a fit for your needs and interests.

There are also a variety of disease-specific support groups on Facebook to search and find. These groups are moderated by the organizations or individuals listed on each. Remember, as with any social media networks, what you choose to share is then public. Many patients choose to first follow a group and learn from others' posts, before fully deciding to share their own questions and comments. 

Also, with social networks, use normal online etiquette. Plus, if anything posted seems different from what your care provider has shared, be a wise consumer and ask your doctor or nurse before assuming every single post online is medically factual for all patients.