Welcome to a new series here on Lacuna Loft! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be talking about different ways of connecting with other young adult cancer survivors. Today we talk about twitter!
Have you thought about using social media to find other survivors (instead of using it to realize that all of your non-cancer-having-young-adult friends seem to be having an easier time at life than you are right now?) Take control over the interweb info that you consume and gain some young-adult-cancer-having love at the same time!
Connecting with other survivors is a very powerful experience. Knowing that you aren’t alone is a big deal…being able to share your good times and bad times with those who truly understand adds that extra bit of control to an otherwise frightening and out of control experience. Using hashtags on twitter makes it super easy to find other young adult cancer survivors. There is #cancerisntfree #ayacancer #stupidcancer #cancerislonely #yacaregiver #yacancer #ayacsm #youngbreastcancer …the list goes on and on!
The two best hashtags to connect with on twitter, right off the bat, are the #yacancer and the #ayacsm. #ayacsm (adolescent and young adult cancer societal movement) is a monthly chat that occurs between advocates, survivors, and healthcare professionals. Questions are asked and everyone present is encouraged to respond and interact with one another. It is a great opportunity to meet other survivors and to engage with activists and healthcare providers to encourage age-appropriate care for the treatment of young adult cancer.