Peer support for Generation Y

Leukaemia Foundation 20/30 Chat blood cancer support group

People in their 20s and 30s affected by blood cancers can now benefit from their own unique support group in South East Queensland.

Our Support Services Coordinators Nicole Douglas and Kate Arkadieff said they wanted to form our new 20/30 Chat to provide a relaxed environment for younger people with blood cancers to meet up, chat and share their experiences with each other.

Twelve people came along to our first 20/30 Chat in Brisbane’s West End in June 2015.

“While our support groups have always been open to people of all ages, we know Generation Y blood cancer patients face some unique issues and might feel comfortable sharing those with their peers,” Nicole said.

“It was a great first meeting and it seemed to be enjoyed by everyone who attended. If you missed out, don’t worry, we’ll be running  further groups throughout the year.”

Acute myeloid leukaemia patient Martin Leicht went along to our first chat with his wife, Alysse.

“It was so great to talk to people our own age who were living with blood cancer,” he said.

“Some people were newly diagnosed and others were much further down the track like me. I felt like I was able to share some of my experiences and also learn things from other people in a really relaxed, fun atmosphere. We will definitely go again!”

 If you’re interested in attending our next 20/30 Chat on Saturday 1 July, email us at qldsupport@leukaemia.org.au or call on 07 3055 8233. Or to find out more about the support we offer blood cancer patients and their families, head over to the How we can help section of our website.

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