Fortnightly Update 28 March 2020
Welcome to our fortnightly update and a warm welcome to all of our new members who have joined us over the last two weeks. I hope that you are settling into the online community and are finding your way around.
As many of your know BCNA have kept the helpline open over the last two weekends to support our members across Australia. In these uncertain times with the outbreak of COVID-19 we have had many incoming calls from member’s concerned about the corconavirus and how it may impact them and their immune system. This includes those having active treatment and those who have completed treatment.
If you are unsure of your risk and have any questions or concerns please call us on our Helpline 1800 500 258 to speak with one of our cancer nurses. Our helpline is currently open Monday to Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm.
In light of the need to social distance BCNA have been able to establish and implement working from home measures for our team which has not interrupted our service. Our team is working remotely and will continue to provide you and all our members the very latest information and support.
Our online community provides a safe and supportive environment for members to connect with others for peer support. As you would already know, In light of COVID-19 face to face breast cancer support groups are currently ceased. If you know of anyone who needs support please encourage them to join our online community or to call our helpline for information and or support.
Each week we have lots of different discussions take place in the online network. Here are some conversations that you may have missed during the last fortnight.
1. Trying to cope day by day Thread commenced by @LoisLois who is riding the emotional roller-coaster, great responses by all and this one liner by @shellshocked2018 ‘what you are feeling is normal.’ I do hope you are travelling well @LoisLois take care of you.
3. Friday Funnies Great way to share some very funny stories & cartoons, keep them coming!
My Journey Online Tool
Information is changing frequently ,BCNA have been working hard to keep our community updated with reputable and relevant tailored information regarding COVID-19. If you have signed up for the My Journey online tool you will see that we have developed new articles , provided helpful resources and provided information to frequently asked questions. Please see links below
Coronavirus (COVID-19) information https://www.myjourney.org.au/article/3154
Frequently asked questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19 https://www.myjourney.org.au/article/3158
Coronavirus (COVID-19) managing fear and distress https://www.myjourney.org.au/article/3171
BCNA recently produced the following podcast that you can listen to regarding Coronavirus and Breast Cancer. This podcast will be updated to reflect the changing information regarding COVID-19.
Really love this recent Facebook post, not sure who it’s from but it rings so true!
Getting outdoors not cancelled
Music not cancelled
Family not cancelled
Singing not cancelled
Laughing not cancelled
Hope not cancelled
Lets embrace what we have.
Did you know that Melbourne Zoo are live streaming?
We're live streaming our zoo so you can enjoy #AnimalsAtHome.
This week’s reflective quote
‘Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.’
Take care everyone and stay safe
the mod team Giovanna, Rosie, Riki, Michelle, Laura, Carissa & Pat