Friday update 10 September 2021

Mez_BCNA Administrator, Staff, Member, Moderator Posts: 766
edited December 2021 in Community news and events

Friday update 10 September 2021

Hello members,

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.

forum discussions

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

1. Friday
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:

Link to the PDF file:

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


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

Treatments for Breast Cancer – Options and

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

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 &

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


  • arpie
    arpie Member Posts: 7,264
    Many Thanks @Mez_BCNA - great to have the Friday Update up & running again!
  • June1952
    June1952 Member Posts: 1,783
    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.   😀
  • Locksley
    Locksley Member Posts: 891
    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.
  • Julez1958
    Julez1958 Member Posts: 1,034
    Hi yes great to see the return of the Friday update!
  • cranky_granny
    cranky_granny Member Posts: 627
    Big hooray having Friday updates back 
  • SoldierCrab
    SoldierCrab Member Posts: 3,431
    Friday update is great for us all to connect if we have been busy and not online much.... Thanks Mez
  • SoldierCrab
    SoldierCrab Member Posts: 3,431
    '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.
    IS this group for all genders ?  I am posting to the facebook groups I help manage

  • Mez_BCNA
    Mez_BCNA Administrator, Staff, Member, Moderator Posts: 766
    @SoldierCrab yes for sure. Anyone affected by breast cancer and identifying within the LGBTIQ+ community