August 2022 Monthly Meetup Summary

Meetup on laptop

~Lauren Lastauskas with editorial notes by Liz Hiles

In case you haven’t signed up for our Monthly Meetups, you should know that our Vice President of Community, Lauren Lastauskas, always sends out a summary of the topics that were discussed with links to resources. Check out what you missed!

Below is the Monthly Meetup Summary from the August 9th Meetup.

We hope that this will encourage you all to attend meetups in the future and get the support you need…or the support you didn’t know you needed!

Hi everyone,

I can’t believe September is right around the corner! Thank you for registering and/or attending our August Meet Up via Zoom on August 9th. In this email, you can register for upcoming events, view opportunities to share your experience, and see a summary of the main topic we discussed last month.

Next Monthly Meetup is on September 13th at 7pm ET / 6pm CT / 4pm PT

Our Monthly Meetup takes place on the second Tuesday of every month at 7 pm ET. You can register for one month or for the entire year. This link shows other events happening at GRYT Health and our partnering organizations. 

***Reminder: registration for the Global Virtual Cancer Conference is now OPEN*** 

You won’t want to miss this free, virtual, multi-day event in November! You can register here!

Opportunities for you to use your voice and share your experiences

GRYT Health Research Opportunity: 

GRYT Health, in partnership with Syneos Health, is looking for patients 18 years of age and older who are considering or have received a CAR T-cell therapy infusion as part of a clinical trial within the United States. Interested in participating? Find more information here.

Share WHY you choose to “Meet Up” with GRYT Health!

Please reply to this email if you’re interested in sharing WHY you choose to attend GRYT Health meet-ups. We are always looking for real community members to feature on our social media and website through pictures, videos, and quotes! 

Participate in Research with GRYT Health:

The GRYT Project is a registry that you can join to be alerted when new patient experience research opportunities become available. You can learn more here about the research GRYT Health does and how your experience can make a difference for others. 

The topic discussed at our August Meetup

Returning to Work/School: Going back to work or school after your diagnosis, treatment, medical leave, or a gap in employment/school can be really challenging and cause an array of emotions-fear, anxiety, stress, and self-doubt are only a few. As I mentioned a few weeks ago-you can ask for accommodations at work and/or school…there are actual laws around this! I wanted to provide some resources on this topic…I hope they’re helpful. If you need more information or support on this topic, please email me! 

Cancer and Careers is the first organization I would recommend you look into! Their mission is to empower and educate people with cancer to thrive in their workplace by providing expert advice, interactive tools, and educational events. 

Another great organization is Triage Cancer. They provide tons of information and resources on legal topics pertaining to cancer, including employment. 

Here’s a good place to find information about going to work during and after cancer. You can click around and read up on various topics like finding a new job after cancer, losing your job due to cancer, and more. Click here to view

Information from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) about returning to work 

The Cancer Legal Resource Center provides information, resources, programs, and assistance on various legal matters, including employment. 

Here’s a thorough explanation of college accommodations for cancer survivors and patients. Even though the site is kind of geared toward teens and young adults, the information is relevant for any college student. Click here to view

This is a good place for different types of information on managing school during and after cancer. Click here to view

Organizations that provide scholarships to cancer patients and survivors: List of scholarships you can look into, put together by St. Jude

College for Cancer

List of scholarships put together by CHOP (scholarships for adults included!)

As always, thank you for attending the meet-up. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to reply to this email. Myself and others at GRYT Health are always happy to chat one on one with our community members 🙂 


Lauren Lastauskas

Vice President of Community, Gryt Health

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