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Friday update 2 August 2019

Giovanna_BCNAGiovanna_BCNA Administrator, Staff, Member, Moderator Posts: 1,513
edited August 2019 in Community news and events

Hello everyone,

Welcome to our Friday update.  We have had some amazing feedback from our members regarding the Adelaide Survivorship Conference.  Thank you to all who traveled to attend the conference. It sounds like it was a great event with 500 participants!

There were two sessions run concurrently, one session for people diagnosed with early breast cancer and a separate session for people living with metastatic breast cancer.  The early breast cancer session included discussion about the future of breast cancer treatments, exercise, lymphoedema, emotional well being, and behaviour change. Our wonderful Ambassador, Olympian and breast cancer survivor Raelene Boyle also shared her personal breast cancer story which as always was a hit with the audience!  The metastatic breast cancer sessions included discussion about the future of metastatic breast cancer treatments, exercise, emotional well being, behaviour change, a guided meditation and a facilitated discussion called  'You look so well, when does your treatment finish?'.  Saturday's conference program finished with a twilight Pink Lady Tribute Field Ceremony and social drinks and canapes.   @Raele, that you for your amazing photos in the discussion thread online and feedback from the Whyalla Pink Spirits members!

Twilight Tribute Field of Women

Community highlights

1.       How to curb the fear Thread commenced by @Cook65 who despite coping quite well while undergoing treatment, now describes experiencing severe anxiety and depression since developing pain in her ‘good’ breast.  Has been to her GP and now referred to her breast surgeon. Currently struggling with the ‘What if!!!!’and unsure how to curb her fear. Great support from our online community members and wishing you all the best @Cook65.

 2.       Chemotherapy and Working  Thread commenced by @KyzaD69 who works as a primary school teacher and is needing to make decisions regarding work and what it might look like for the rest of 2019 while undergoing chemotherapy.  Great support from our online community encouraging @KyzaD69 to do what is right for her. All the best with your upcoming treatment.

 3.       Surprise birthday  Great post by @Blossom1961 who was pleasantly surprised on her birthday!

Community news

Allergan issues a world-wide recall of textured breast implants

July 25 2019 

Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) is advising our members that last week Allergan issued a worldwide recall for its textured tissue expanders and breast implants.

This means that these expanders and implants will no longer be able to be used in breast reconstruction, or breast augmentation, surgery anywhere in the world.  The risk of breast implant-associated lymphoma is rare. Health experts are not recommending removal of breast implants where there are no problems with the implant.

Click here for more information about breast implants and what you should do if you have any concerns.  The link includes a video where CEO Kirsten Pilatti talks with Associate Professor Sanjay Warrier, President of BreastSurgANZ, to discuss textured implants and the recall.


Carman’s Women’s Fun Run 1 December 2019 Catani Gardens St. Kilda

Help us paint Catani Gardens pink this December in support of all Australians affected by breast cancer.

Bring your mum, sister, aunty, girlfriends and daughters to join in the fun at the Carman’s Women’s Fun Run. Each year we are blown away by the sea of pink we see lining the streets of St Kilda, all in support of Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA).

This year is no exception, we want to make it the biggest one yet! Bring all of the special ladies in your life together on one day for one cause and do something amazing with your Sunday morning.

Keep Sunday 1 December 2019 free because we would love to see you down at Catani Gardens, walking, running or just having fun in the event village!  Register here


This week’s reflective quote

When you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what’s happening.  That’s where your power is.

The Hedge Witch


Hoping you have a relaxing weekend, spending time with loved ones

Regards Giovanna and the moderation team



  • KyzaD69KyzaD69 Member Posts: 22
    Thank you so much the support on here is amazing. 
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