Teen Cancer America recently celebrated the groundbreaking of a soon-to-be renovated Teen Lounge at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center on the inpatient hematology oncology floor. This space is where teen and young adult patients battling cancer and blood disorders can hang out and relax. These renovations expand the existing lounge to include an entertainment area with a TV, art and game-playing zone, and a reading nook.
“Speaking on behalf of my fellow AYA patients, the true hardship of cancer often lies not in the disease itself, but the feelings of isolation and the lack of normalcy it creates. It is the recognition of this very fact by the Connecticut Children’s community that makes it so special, an element that in my eyes that is just as pivotal as strong healthcare. It is also for this very reason that I joined the AYA council in the first place, to shed light on some of these more subtle adversities of the cancer experience and to provide a voice to a group who, often in times of isolation, feel like they have none. Therefore, I am incredibly excited to see today our countless hours of designing and brainstorming this new inpatient AYA lounge finally come to fruition, creating a welcoming refuge for each and every AYA on the floor.”
– Brandon, patient at Connecticut Children’s
Many thanks to TCA Board Member, Dr. Glenn Taylor and Hospital Programs and Services Director, Hilary Gan for attending.