Friday Update 2 February 2018
Hello everyone and welcome to Fridays update.
As most of you would have read, there has been lots of discussion lately in the online forum regarding The proposed Beacon Magazine name change to ‘Pink Lady’. Thank you for all your comments, feedback and discussion which we have taken on board. A response to this thread was posted by Christine Nolan Chief Executive Officer of BCNA regarding the name change which stated
‘Over the past 18 months, BCNA has conducted more than 3,000 interviews Australia-wide with women and men affected by breast cancer as part of the State of the Nation project. These interviews have helped paint a picture of the issues that exist for Australians affected by breast cancer and confirm where BCNA should be focusing its attention as we move into our 20th anniversary year. After listening to members, we know there are different levels of engagement with the magazine and we are keen to ensure that that the magazine remains relevant for all Australians affected by breast cancer. With this in mind, we feel that after 81 issues of The Beacon it is time to freshen up its look with a new format to refocus its content and create a better reading experience. The name change coincides with the launch of the refreshed magazine.’
As a result of this discussion, a survey has been sent to all our members. See link below to the survey.
Should The Beacon change its name?
We have had a great response to the suggestion of
having an online Q & A on our ‘talking about vaginas’ group regarding the physical
and emotional impact of cancer treatment and menopause and are in the process
of organizing for a speaker, date and time to be advised.
The online network has had 60 new members in the last month. I have listed the usernames below and extend a very warm welcome to all of you!
@Japa, @SoulSearcher, @Lemonade, @Angelar, @arpie, @Sylk, @mjasim,@Larabar, @RachelG56, @aprilw, @Tuppie, @Pixiefairy, @Clouise, @Sonda, @Julesjourney, @Jamollem, @CherylMcl, @EJs, @Jodienb, @Eastmum, @Ralongin, @Kayesharon, @Flozza105, @Coungry girl70, @Roxanne, @EmJ, @traceyl0309, @Jenpri, @Cheers, @Arhaz, @Magpie, @Lvlw, @Gladiolus2017, @LeeLeeV, @Yogibooboo, @darls79, @Camden, @Chez16, @shaunatest, @Claire43, @galaxidil23, @ Limac, @kat2017, @Moondeer, @greenfrog6, @KeelyB, @Token27, @Biddymcfinnis, @ycdai319, @klee21657, @Lisa67, @Mum4ever, @Scooter, @JOY3217, @Alisonc46, @Chipo, @Lorraine S, @Red, @JodieAnne, @redongreens,
Here’s some information to get you going online...
The what and how thread
And don’t forget, you can always direct message one of the BCNA moderators if you have any questions or need any support at @Giovanna_BCNA, @Marianne_BCNA, @Rosie_BCNA, @Tracey_BCNA or @Riki_BCNA or call our Helpline on 1800 500 258.
Every week we have so much variety in the posts being shared in 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:
right? Did you really say that?
Remember why were are here
In the news….
Our first forum for this year will be held in Ballarat, Victoria on Tuesday 27th February 2018.
The forum will be relevant to you wherever you are in your breast cancer journey – from a recent diagnosis through to survivorship following end of treatment – and will highlight the medical, physical and emotional aspects of living well with breast cancer. Topics include latest treatment, communicating effectively with your treating team and managing side effects such as sexual health, fatigue and menopause. There will be a separate session for people living with metastatic (secondary, advanced, stage 4) breast cancer.
- Heather Francis, Medical Oncologist
- Jane Fletcher – Health Psychologist
- Raelene Boyle AM MBE, Olympian and breast cancer survivor
Register via BCNA’s website www.bcna.org.au/forums or call 1800 500 258. Register early as places are limited.
BCNA Helpline 1800 500 258
If you have any questions, concerns or require any further information or support please call 1800 500 258. The Helpline is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 am till 5 pm EST and Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am till 9 pm EST.
Take care everyone and have a great weekend,