We are excited to share with you this year’s agenda for GVCC! As survivors and caregivers ourselves, our goal is to develop programming to support you wherever you are - and to connect you to resources and others in our community.

Check back often for updates and new speakers as they are confirmed!

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Nov 11, 2021

How to Approach a Patient and Provider Relationship - 8:00 PM (ET)

We’ve all had one: that person on your medical team that doesn’t listen to your needs and thinks they know what is best for you. Patients and caregivers can sometimes feel like they have lost their power due to well-intentioned providers not considering their unique perspectives. In this live role-play session, we will hear from a patient and a physician as they model different scenarios to help us all navigate the sometimes tumultuous relationships of patients and providers. We will leave this session with insights that we can all apply to our interactions with our medical team, turning what once made us feel powerless into power.

Nov 12, 2021

Welcome to Day Two of GVCC! - 10:30 AM (ET)

Get yourself ready for a full day of interactive learning and connectivity. Browse through the virtual partner pages with hundreds of up-to-date resources and information for you to look through. Be sure to check out the live chat rooms and explore the research launchpad, where you can find research studies.

Interactive Intermission - 1:00 PM (ET)

It’s important to nourish our bodies and give our brains a break, so go get some food! When you’re ready, come back to connect with each other and our partners at their chat rooms. We will have representatives from across the spectrum of organizations waiting to talk with and support you, LIVE at 1:30 pm ET.

The Whole Wide World of Clinical Trials - 2:00 PM (ET)

Clinical trials are more than a last resort option. Clinical trials are the future of medicine. Across cancer stages and types, there are trials out there for everyone. In this session, we will learn how to find clinical trials and their requirements. We will leave this session with a greater understanding of clinical trials, the kinds of trials out there for patients, and how they positively affect the future of healthcare.

I’m Metastatic, Now What? - 3:00 PM (ET)

Stage IV or metastatic cancer patients live with their disease, stuck in a time where they can’t celebrate the “survivorship” part of a cancer timeline. In this session, we will hear from folks with years of experience in the metastatic cancer community. We will leave this session with a greater understanding of how to interact with metastatic cancer patients in a way they want you to.

Guided Deep Relaxation for Your Wellbeing - 4:00 PM (ET)

In this session, participants will explore guided, deep relaxation — a combination of progressive muscle relaxation through gentle movement, coordinated with breath, and guided awareness and imagery. This practice supports the body in releasing tension while suspending the mind of thought or worry, to bring the body and mind to a state of deep rest. Consciousness and awareness are still present, and at some point, participants may experience the feeling of being between sleep and wakeful states.

Experience Art, Together - 5:00 PM (ET)

Watercolor painting isn’t an abstract art exercise; it’s a way to express our emotions and reset our mind to a place that nurtures our mind, body, and soul. In this session, we will have an “art-along” with others and receive instruction on watercolor techniques. We will leave this session with a refreshed brain after a day of learning, a painting to be proud of, and a shared experience. If you received a swag box, you would have a watercolor kit in your swag box. If not, no worries - you can still take part in the fun. Find some colored pencils, crayons, or just a pencil - and join the fun.

Nov 13, 2021

Welcome to the Final Day of GVCC! - 10:00 AM (ET)

Get yourself ready for a full day of interactive learning and connectivity. Browse through the virtual partner pages with hundreds of up-to-date resources and information for you to look through. Be sure to check out the live chat rooms and explore the research launchpad, where you can find research studies.

Psst - You’re an Advocate, Too - 11:00 AM (ET)

Advocacy is a big word, but being an advocate comes in all forms, shapes, and sizes. There is a good chance you are already an advocate - you just don’t know it. In this session, we will learn what advocacy is, what it means to find and own our voice, and dispel those imposter feelings. We will leave this session feeling more confident in our ability to use our voice and create changes in our lives.

The Relationship Dynamics of Cancer - 12:00 PM (ET)

Cancer worms its way into everything in our life, including self-talk, mental health, relationships, and intimacy with partners. In this session, we will hear several perspectives about how our relationship dynamics are strained from a cancer diagnosis, whether it’s your own or someone you know and love. We will leave this session knowing how to communicate our mental and physical health needs in a way that flourishes our relationships with ourselves and others instead of muddling them.

Interactive Intermission - 1:00 PM (ET)

It’s important to nourish our bodies and give our brains a break, so go get some food! When you’re ready, come back to connect with each other and our partners at their chat rooms. We will have representatives from across the spectrum of organizations waiting to talk with and support you, LIVE at 1:30 pm ET.

This Shyt Lasts Forever: Dealing With Long Term Side Effects - 2:00 PM (ET)

Treatment may be ongoing or may have ended, but long-term side effects are forever. In this session, we will have our side effects acknowledged by leading medical professionals. We will leave this session by learning habits to cope with long-term side effects in healthy ways, improve our quality of life, and help minimize pain and discomfort.

Finding Power Through Your Voice - 3:00 PM (ET)

Your voice and experiences matter. Eight selected members from the GRYT Health community will have five minutes each to share their stories of hardship, belonging, perseverance, "gryt," and more live. We will leave this session knowing that we are not alone in our thoughts and feelings.

Interactive Magic - 4:00 PM (ET)

Magician Aaron O'Brien in a Zoom-friendly magic show! Thriving on audience participation, you’ll be amazed by the magic he displays while inspiring some laughs.

GVCC21 Ends, but Cancer Does Not - 5:00 PM (ET)

It is time for our conference to end. However, our dedication to supporting one another does not end. This session is open for everyone to come together to discuss valuable things we learned from GVCC this year and what else GRYT Health and others are doing to help support the cancer community.