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Friday update 10 September 2021

Mez_BCNAMez_BCNA VictoriaAdministrator, Staff, Member, Moderator Posts: 173
edited December 2021 in Community news and events

Friday update 10 September 2021

Hello members,

Welcome to the revival of the Friday community update. My name is Mez and I am part of the Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) Member Support Team/Helpline.  I have had the pleasure of connecting with some of you in the past four weeks and want to thankyou for your feedback, support and guidance, as I explore the functions of the Online Network. I hope you enjoy the update.

Community highlights

New groups

'LGBTIQ+ Breast Cancer Network' This is a private group which has been created for people who identify within the LGBTIQ+ communities and have also been affected by breast cancer to connect. The group currently has 11 members, and we look forward to watching it grow.

Popular forum discussions

Members new and old may have missed some of the forum discussions that have received the most comments:

1. Friday Funnies These funny posts are welcome any day really – bringing something light hearted to the forum

2. what to take to chemo treatments?

3. Arimidex brand now has a $5 surcharge on top of PBS fee!

4. A bit naughty - but funny!!! Show us your 'naughty ones'! Please note some posts may offend I picked out a post by @Sue_w below (hopefully not too offensive)

Community News

The Beacon magazine (Issue 88 – Aug 2021)

The latest copy of the free mazagine can be accessed via the website or PDF as per below:

Link to the website here: http://beacon.bcna.org.au/

Link to the PDF file: https://www.bcna.org.au/media/8177/bcna_beacon_august21.pdf

Key topics include: re-learning the language of sexuality after a breast cancer diagnosis, preserving fertility and knowing your options, Andrea Smith’s experience of living with metastatic breast cancer and peripheral neuropathy.

BCNA NEWS 16 Aug 2021 - Breast Cancer wont pause for COVID – screening is essential

The temporary closure of BreastScreen services across NSW is NOT as excuse to ignore symtoms warns Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) – Check out the full article below



BCNA CAMPAIGN Pink Tradie 2021

For the months of August and September, BCNA is putting a call out to tradies across Australia, asking them to pull on a Pink Tradie beanie and a pair of BCNA pink socks to support the 20,030 Australians expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year - Check out this campaign raising funds for BCNA




Don’t miss out on the webcast Managing the cost of breast cancer webcast: tips and resources on the 16th September 2021 07:00 PM – 8:00 PM  - Explore managing the costs of breast cancer including informed financial consent, public vs private healthcare, hidden and common out-of-pocket costs, questions to ask your healthcare provider, financial wellbeing, career impacts, issues for those who live in rural and remote areas and the resources and support available to you.


Webcasts and conferences you have have missed

Integrative Health Webcast – complementary therapies enhancing wellness for people affected by breast cancer

Fertility and Breast Cancer - Knowing Your Options Webcast

Treatments for Breast Cancer – Options and Considerations

If you missed any of the webcasts above, you can still register and watch on demand.

Upfront About Breast Cancer Podcast

If you haven’t already, subscribe to BCNA's Fortnightly Podcasts . Podcast 35 coming up in the last week of September will be in relation to ‘Young Women & Sexuality’.

Books / Movies/ TV Series/ Documentaries

I thought it would be a nice idea to invite you to share recent books, movies, TV series/documentaries that you have enjoyed over the past few weeks. I recently started reading the book ‘The Brain That Changes Itself’.



Well that’s all from me this week! I hope to evolve the Friday update and have had great suggestions already, for example introducing my colleagues from the BCNA Member Support Team.

In the meantime, if you have any concerns while online, please contact one of the moderators -

@Jenny_BCNA @Carissa_BCNA @Anna_BCNA @Pat_BCNA @MichelleP_BCNA @Mez_BCNA

If you need to speak with someone regarding your concern, please call 1800 500 258 alternatively, you can email [email protected]

Take care,

The mod team

Mez, Carissa, Jenny, Anna, Pat & Michelle

‘Part of being a person is about helping others.’ – Regis Murayi


  • arpiearpie Mid North Coast, NSWMember Posts: 5,718
    Many Thanks @Mez_BCNA - great to have the Friday Update up & running again!
  • June1952June1952 Regional VictoriaMember Posts: 1,348
    Thank you @Mez_BCNA, good to see the Friday Update back once again - and what a big one it is !
    Hope all are keeping well and free from the covid.  Such a worry.
    All the best.  Have a relaxing weekend.   😀
  • LocksleyLocksley Macedon Ranges, VictoriaMember Posts: 749
    Thankyou @Mez_BCNA I am very happy to see Friday update back.  Thankyou for taking on board our request.  It's such a worthwhile post for new and old members a like.
  • Julez1958Julez1958 SydneyMember Posts: 230
    Hi yes great to see the return of the Friday update!
  • cranky_grannycranky_granny Penrith NSWMember Posts: 379
    Big hooray having Friday updates back 
  • SoldierCrabSoldierCrab Smithton Tas was Bathurst nsw Member Posts: 3,413
    Friday update is great for us all to connect if we have been busy and not online much.... Thanks Mez
  • SoldierCrabSoldierCrab Smithton Tas was Bathurst nsw Member Posts: 3,413
    'LGBTIQ+ Breast Cancer Network' – This is a private group which has been created for people who identify within the LGBTIQ+ communities and have also been affected by breast cancer to connect. https://onlinenetwork.bcna.org.au/group/25-lgbtiq-breast-cancer-network
    IS this group for all genders ?  I am posting to the facebook groups I help manage
  • Mez_BCNAMez_BCNA VictoriaAdministrator, Staff, Member, Moderator Posts: 173
    @SoldierCrab yes for sure. Anyone affected by breast cancer and identifying within the LGBTIQ+ community
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