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LGBTQIA+ Cancer Support Group
A group supporting the LGBTQIA+ cancer community
This support group was created to fill a need. Research by the National LGBT Cancer Network has found:
- People who identify as LGBT face distinct challenges when it comes to cancer
- Many LGBT survivors do not feel welcome or understood in mainstream support groups
- LGBT-specific support groups are the top request made by LGBT cancer survivors, but there is a shortage of these groups in the U.S.
How do we do it?
We’ve partnered with Young Adult Survivors United to offer this support group. The LGBTQIA+ Cancer Support Group is facilitated by Tom Pier, LCSW, OSWC, CMF. Tom is a certified oncology social worker with a 26+ year career.
A note from Tom:
“As an out, proud gay man, I know some of the challenges, as well as the joys, experienced by those within LGBTQI+ communities. Navigating health and healthcare is no exception. And though cancer happens to everyone, LGBTQI+ identities and needs, family formations, strengths, and social supports, and unique health and mental health challenges are not fully witnessed or supported in most medical settings. A cancer support group can, and indeed needs to be, a place where each person can come as they truly are, share as completely as possible and find comfort, belonging, and compassion, not in spite, but because of who we are!”
Want to join?
Register here: https://forms.gle/iDL7gtnfsxd3Ljdu9