Friday Update (Somewhat late!)

Giovanna_BCNAGiovanna_BCNA Administrator, Staff, Member, Moderator Posts: 572

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!

 Community highlights

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:

 Stages of cancer, just found out, what does this really mean?

Always look on the bright side of life… (Sorry Monty python)

Seven years on and feeling anxious again

 Discussions with most comments, for the month of October include the following:

·         Alcohol did you give up?

·         Centrelink disability interview

·         Meds before chemo

·         Waiting for test and results

·         Highs and lows and waves of whacky emotions

·         Exercise can apparently lessen the rate of cancer cell growth and even help to prevent its recurrence

 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. 

  Carmans Womens Fun Run banner

 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.                      




  • iserbrowniserbrown Regional VictoriaMember Posts: 2,511
    Nice to see, a Friday update!  Keep up the good work!
  • RomlaRomla AdelaideMember Posts: 1,472
    What an excellent idea BCNA !
  • TonyaMTonyaM Member Posts: 2,530
    Hi Giovanna,
    Thanks for update.I was wondering whatever happened to the Creative Corner group.? It disappeared after the network was overhauled awhile ago.I see there are more new groups so perhaps it’s not so hard to start Creative Corner again? I know Inkpetal would be pleased.
  • Giovanna_BCNAGiovanna_BCNA Administrator, Staff, Member, Moderator Posts: 572
    edited November 2017
    Hi @TonyaM,

    Thank you for your message.  I will look into the Creative Corner group and see what we can do!
    Sounds like a great idea.
  • SoldierCrabSoldierCrab Bathurst NSW Member Posts: 2,469
    hi @Giovanna_BCNA great to see Friday Update happening :D 
  • Ann-MarieAnn-Marie Member Posts: 1,158
    edited November 2017
    Hi @TonyaM, The Creative Corner lives as a sub category under the "Day to day". It has been there for a little while now. We bought it back so that everyone could participate in the conversation without having to join a group. We are able to add sub-categories to the existing categories which enables us in the future to add more of what our members are doing day to day.
  • KristenKristen Member Posts: 23
    thanks for update. I hadn't logged in for a while and I forgot there was a weekly summary. great idea.
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