Welcome to our Fortnightly update. Hoping that this newsletter finds you travelling well, looking after yourself and staying cool in what has proven to be a very hot summer! Thank you to everyone who responded to our request for a possible interview for our next Beacon newsletter. Your details have been forwarded to our communications team who will be in touch.
Tagging new discussions A gentle reminder to tag any new discussion you commence in the online network. Adding tags to your new discussion will enable the thread of conversation to come up in searches within our online community. When starting a new discussion, select a category and give the discussion a title. Then type your message. Underneath your message you will notice a text box titled ‘Tags'. For example if your post is regarding hormone therapy, just type ‘h’ in the box and a list of tags will appear. You can then click on the correct tag which will then be added to the tag box. You can add more than one tag. If you have any concerns don’t hesitate to contact me @Giovanna_BCNA.
Great thread commenced by SharonP which highlights the time after treatment has completed. How best to manage anxiety about returning back to work.
Great thread commenced by KarynJ which highlights the power of music to help with managing emotions or soothing the soul.
Great thread commenced by melclarity regarding Aromasin and weight gain.
World Cancer Day 4 February 2019
World cancer day was held on 4 February and the theme for this year was ‘I Am and I Will’. The aim of world cancer day is to raise global awareness of cancer, by highlighting cancer and raising our collective voices to empower individuals and governments to take action. Click here for more information.
Host a Pink Sports Day to Play for BCNA.
A Pink Sports Day is a great way to show support to everyone
in your community affected by breast cancer and offers a fun and easy way to
raise funds for Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA). BCNA provide a
free support kit with posters, pink lady silhouettes, tattoo transfers,
balloons and donation tins as well as pink socks and shoe laces available to
purchase to help “pink up” players on the field, ground or court! To find
out more or register your Pink Sports Day to Play for BCNA go to: www.bcna.org.au/pinksportsday
Counterpart – Women supporting women with
The recent Counterpart newsletter highlighted some great upcoming events which included some webinars that you may be interested in viewing. There has been many a discussion in our online community regarding peripheral neuropathy, a very distressing side effect of the ‘Taxane’ chemotherapy agents. Consultant Medical Oncologist Shirley Wong will talk about this condition and what can be done to help manage this distressing side effect.
In light of the recent online discussion regarding cannabis therapy, you may like to view the ‘Medicinal cannabis’ webinar and hear from Dr Becky Chapman, Staff Specialist in Palliative Medicine and Medical Oncology at Bendigo Health. For more information and to register click here
Advance Care Planning Week 1 – 5 April 2019
I was recently asked about advance care planning by a caller to the BCNA helpline. The query was about taking some control over future health care wishes and appointing a medical or enduring power of attorney who could speak on your behalf should you be unable to do so yourself. For some this can be a very challenging topic to think about, who do you appoint to speak on your behalf and how do I complete an advance care directive? Advance Care Planning Australia is a national program that provides information and resources for individuals, care workers and health professionals. To find out more about advance care planning in your state or territory click here
Keep Shane Crawford in the Jungle!
Wow Shane Crawford is still in the Jungle! I watched last weeks episode and he has survived another night. We really need your help to keep Crawf in the jungle in support of BCNA! If you can, please vote by texting SHANE to 1995 1010 as soon as you can, and as much as you can. The prize money is a HUGE $100,000 so we really don’t want Crawf leaving the jungle because of lack of votes - especially given he's such popular celeb for the win! We’re almost at the end of the road - this is where your votes REALLY count...! Vote here
This week’s reflective quote
Inner visions create outer reality
If we want a beautiful garden, we must first have a blueprint in the imagination, a vision. Then that idea can be implemented and the external garden can be materialised.
Hoping you have a good week.