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Halloween Fun at the AYA Survivor Chat

By Kayla Giacin
Friday, October 30, 2015
This past Wednesday, CBTF held our monthly Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Survivor Chat where survivors from across the U.S. can connect in a way that's difficult to do when we're spread so far across the country.
Survivors that meet at the Heads Up Conference (HUC) make strong bonds and something such as video chats can help this close-knit group stay in touch where it may otherwise be difficult to do so face to face. Topics we talk about range from career and education, to emotional challenges, peer relationships and dating, and anything else that comes up through our discussions.
This month, we decided to kick back and have a little fun by having an online Halloween party! Everyone logged in wearing masks, hats, face paint, and even some funky sunglasses.  We welcomed a few new survivors who had never joined us on one of the chats and had a chance to catch up on what's been going on since last month.  A few survivors have been volunteering, another is teaching a pottery class, several are going to weddings soon (one is even going to be the best man!), and several have started new jobs.
All in all, October's chat was a great chance to have some fun, catch up, and to hit upon some topics that are important to us as we navigate school, jobs, and relationships with others. The only thing that was missing was being able to pass out Halloween candy!
If you or a survivor you know would be interested in joining our November 19th chat, please contact Kayla Giacin at  The topic for this month will be
depression in survivors.

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