Friday Update (Somewhat late!)
Hello and welcome everyone to our Friday Update.
My name is Giovanna and I’m a cancer nurse. I’m new to BCNA and the online network. I’m one of the Senior Helpline Officers and I respond to incoming calls via the BCNA helpline and moderate the online network.
Thank you for your warm welcome into this fantastic online community. I am humbled to read your stories and experiences of breast cancer. I am inspired by your openness, honesty and capacity to support each other in light of such adversity, providing hope and encouragement to new members who join the community. It’s great to see that no topic is off limits, that you can ask whatever is on your mind and receive a response in a safe, supported and confidential space.
I was asked the other day ‘What does moderating the online network involve?’ It involves reading all the content posted on the site to check posts meet our community guidelines, responding to any queries or questions if/as required, assisting with any technical issues and identifying anyone who may need additional support.
You may have noticed that there are some new BCNA staff, such as Marianne, Riki, Rosie and Tracey on the online network. We all work as a team to provide guidance and support. We will introduce the staff over the coming weeks.
We have had lots of new members join our online network over the last two months. In October there were 93 new members and so far this month there have been 64 new members. A warm welcome to everyone!
Every week we have so much variety in the posts being shared on the online network. These can include questions about treatments, updates on how things are going, and celebrating milestones. Here are some popular conversations you might have missed:
Discussions with most comments, for the month of October include the following:
In the news….
Lost Libidos group is now called Let’s talk about vaginas
This is a private group for discussing sexual health and emotions during and after breast cancer. We cover a lot of issues, including the effects of menopause and cancer treatment, such as vaginal atrophy, pain during sex, UTIs and lost libido. We also try a variety of products which may assist with various conditions, and discuss these. You can feel free to ask any questions which you might not feel comfortable asking elsewhere, download if you and your partner are struggling with intimate relationships after cancer, or just find some fellow travellers who are exploring answers to a lot of the problems we share. Just request membership and we'll admit you!
Work & breast cancer group
We have a new group that has commenced called Work and breast cancer. We are looking for people who have had interesting personal experiences around work. We would like to recruit people who are from metro, regional and rural regions within Australia to be involved in some discussions regarding work. We are looking for people who have had good experiences and not so good experiences relating to getting back to work. Following discussions, we aim to have a number of champions who can assist others with regards to getting back to work and what options and supports are available. If you are interested, please apply to join this group and we will be in touch shortly.
The 2017 Carman's Women's Fun Run will be held at Catani Gardens,
St Kilda on Sunday 3 December 2017!
All ages and abilities can come together to fundraise for a purpose and get behind BCNA by taking part in the 5km, 10km, Half Marathon or Girls MINI Fun Run events.
I hope you all had a relaxing weekend.