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Friday Update 18th March 2022

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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

Popular 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

BCNA My Journey article  – Side effects of chemotherapy
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'  Emmas story is also on our website 'When the doctor becomes the patient'

Casey Fields turns pink for BCNA!

Melbourne 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 - CLICK HERE

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 https://www.ywcaencore.org.au/


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 HERE  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 https://bit.ly/3sYoVJ0


Joining 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 podcasts: https://buff.ly/3KkBaWe

Books / Movies/ TV Series/ Documentaries

The 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 @Pat_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


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

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