Friday update 10 September 2021
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.
'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
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)
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
Webcast REGISTER NOW!
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
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 -
If you need to speak with someone regarding your concern, please call 1800 500 258 alternatively, you can email [email protected]
The mod team
Mez, Carissa, Jenny, Anna, Pat & Michelle