Friday Update 18th March 2022

Mez_BCNA Administrator, Staff, Member, Moderator Posts: 953
edited March 2022 in Community news and events

Friday Update 18th March 2022

Hello members

Apologies for the belated Friday Update.

All BCNA staff and I extend our thoughts to Queensland and New
South Wales flood effected members during this difficult time of recovery. If you hear of anyone that has lost their post-surgery
bra, any items within their My Care Kit , need another bra due due to current situation or simply need support; please contact our Helpline on 1800 500
258. I will share additional resources within this update as well.

Hope everyone stays safe and you can still enjoy
the update this week.                                                                                                                          

Community highlights

forum discussions

Members new and old may have missed some of the forum discussions that
have been most active the past fortnight:

1. Our Gardens

photo credit @iserbrown

2. First AC chemo yesterday

3. Should a 2
month wait in the public system from diagnosis to treatment be normal?

4. Surgery decisions

Community News

BCNA News - Lets work together to create change

With thanks to
its valued Workplace Giving community, Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA)
is working to support and empower women with breast cancer to make informed
decisions regarding their finances and employment. Read the full article  CLICK HERE

Journey article  – Side effects of
Dr. Emma Warnecke,
BCNA Consumer Representative shares 10 tips to help manage the physical and
mental challenges of chemotherapy based on her experience with breast cancer.
This has been added to the article 'Side
effects of chemotherapy'
story is also on our website 'When the doctor becomes the patient'

Casey Fields turns pink for BCNA!

Football Club continued its support of BCNA in Round 10 of the AFL Women’s
season, shining a light on all Australians impacted by breast cancer. Read the
full story -

YWCA Encore Breast Cancer Exercise Program

The Encore program have just released their term 2 dates and venues for
their award-winning free 8-week exercise and wellness program. They provide low
impact, prescriptive land and water-based exercises, and information
sessions, in a safe and supportive environment. Group numbers are
limited to a maximum of 14 participants. You can read more about YWCA Encore and the
upcoming programs via their website


Mental health support after floods

As communities
continue to deal with the immediate issues of the current flood emergency,
Healthy North Coast is reminding people to be aware of their mental health and
wellbeing and to seek help if needed - CLICK HERE   to
read full article.


Telehealth exemption for flood affected

Effective from 22
February 2022, eligibility requirements for telehealth services by GPs and
other medical practitioners (OMPS) working in GP settings has been amended,
enabling patients’ living in flood-affected areas access to telehealth services
from any GP or OMP (i.e. removing the existing relationship requirement). The
exemption applying to video and phone telehealth services - CLICK
 for further information.


Join specialist breast
cancer surgeon Mr Sunil Jassal, breast care nurse Meg McDonald and BCNA
Consumer Faye Louey as they discuss what happens after an early breast cancer
diagnosis in BCNA’s upcoming webcast on Thursday 24 March 7:00 AEDT. Register
now via


us for this In Conversation episode are Shananne and Kate. Shananne was
diagnosed with hormone receptor positive breast cancer in 2018 when she was 37
years old and pregnant with her third child. Kate was diagnosed with triple
negative breast cancer in 2018 when she was 26 years old and 28 weeks pregnant.
Listen via this link or wherever you get your

Books / Movies/ TV Series/ Documentaries

Village - Supporting young families through cancer

Katrina Lau
Hammond is a mum to a seven-year-old perfectionist and a strong-willed
five-year-old. She was first diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 34 years
old when her youngest child was still a baby. She searched around for resources
to help explain cancer to her then three-year-old, but couldn’t find anything
that quite fit the bill. So, with her lived experience, she decided to write
her own.


Take care everyone and if you have feedback or
any concerns while online, please contact one of the moderators -  

@Jenny_BCNA @Carissa_BCNA @Anna_BCNA

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

Take care,

The mod team – Mez, Carissa,
Jenny, Anna & Pat


“If one has courage, nothing can dim
the light that shines from within.” –  Maya Angelou