Posts Tagged ‘alliance’

Candy stripers or strippers named Candy? What do YOU think an AYA cancer program has to have?

I need your help, guys! Yesterday I attended an all-day meeting sponsored by the LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance, whose purpose was to take a first stab at drafting guidelines or standards for institutions wanting to launch Adolescent/Young Adult Oncology programs. It was a great group that included...
June 9th, 2009 | Heidi Adams | Read More

Still riding high after the LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance meeting!

Whew. I’m just now coming down from the 3rd annual LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance meeting here in Austin last week. It was so great that, after it was all over, I felt the post-event blues that happen after the best weddings. You know, when all your favorite people are in one place and you have this...
November 18th, 2008 | Heidi Adams | Read More

How does your cancer look translate into Halloween costumes?

I remember Halloween while I was on treatment. It was a banner year in the movies for bald and sick characters. I was trying to decide whether I should be: a) Tom Hanks in Philadelphia, dying of AIDS.b) a Holocaust survivor from Schindler’s List, dying from Nazis.c) Debra Winger from Shadowlands,...
November 18th, 2008 | Heidi Adams | Read More

Defining Our Community of Support

Hi everyone— First of all, to clear up any confusion and calm the hysteria: We have NOT implemented a blanket ban on friends and family members of young adult cancer patients/survivors. As of now, My Planet is STILL OPEN TO ALL USERS OVER 18, including friends, family members and healthcare professionals. We...
October 15th, 2008 | Heidi Adams | Read More

A Challenge for You: What are the Most Ridiculous Depictions of YAs with Cancer in Pop Culture?

Think perky little Mandy Moore in “A Walk to Remember.” Think of Dr. Green and his brain tumor on “ER.” Think Debra Winger in “Terms of Endearment.” Think “Wind Beneath My Wings.” We’re looking to compile a list of the most ridiculous pop culture...
October 15th, 2008 | Heidi Adams | Read More

Thanks to you, pediatric nurses love YA patients!

Hi, everyone– Thanks so much for the stories and words of wisdom. I used them all, and they loved it! (Lindsey, I turned your list into “Lindsey’s Top 10 Pieces of Advice for Nurses.” They were hysterical!) I spoke for about an hour to a ballroom full of probably 600 nurses, and...
October 15th, 2008 | Heidi Adams | Read More

Need words of wisdom for nurses!

Hey, everyone! I’m giving the closing keynote tomorrow at the national meeting of pediatric oncology nurses here in Albuquerque. Any stories, advice or words of wisdom that you would like me to share with a convention center ballroom of nurses? Particularly if you were treated in pediatrics, which...
October 15th, 2008 | Heidi Adams | Read More

Standing Up 2 Cancer. Next to Charles Barkley.

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So I had the privilege of attending the Stand Up 2 Cancer live broadcast at the Kodak Theater. (Side note: did you know that the Kodak is built onto a friggin’ MALL? I’m not kidding. So weird.) My friends Julie Dresner, Teal Thompson, Jennifer Ippolito and I joined representatives from 100...
October 15th, 2008 | Heidi Adams | Read More

Idaho? No, WE-da-ho(s). For Olympic gold, that is!

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So Courtney and I were sitting in the San Francisco airport, on our way to the Planet Cancer/First Descents couples kayaking retreat in Idaho. (Because clearly the most direct route from Austin to Boise runs through San Francisco.) There we were, at Gate 77B for the third time, when a handsome young...
October 15th, 2008 | Heidi Adams | Read More