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Friday Update - 19th August 2022

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Friday Update 19th August 2022

Hello to members old and new,

Hope this Friday update finds you well. I’ll keep the information relatively short and sweet this week, however please reach out if there is anything else you would like to know or if we can support you further.

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. Public / Private

2. Nose still running

3. Sadly, Olivia Newton-John has passed away, age 73

4. Oral chemo drugs

5. Going ahead Alone


Creative Corner

Do you want to inspire others or be inspired by other member’s artistic creations? Check out the discussion thread Creative Corner. This was created by members just for fun and expression, be it craft or drawing or photography, colouring-in, painting, creative writing (The list goes on).  


Posts by ‘Category’ Name’ 5 Aug 2022 – 19 Aug 2022

Community News

BCNA News 09 August 2022

We were saddened to hear of Olivia Newton-John’s death last week and paid tribute in this news item Remembering Olivia Newton-John. Our CEO, Kirsten Pilatti, and Director of Policy, Advocacy and Support Services, Vicki Durston, also spoke with media outlets The Age, Mamamia, ABC and 3AW about Olivia's dedication to looking after the whole person and not only treating the disease - something BCNA is also passionate about.


BCNA Wagga Wagga – Online Forum

BCNA will be hosting an online Information Forum for people living with breast cancer and their supporters - Living well with breast cancer online Information Forum (bcna.org.au)

The Information Forum will cover a range of topics including the latest in breast cancer treatment, managing your emotional wellbeing after a breast cancer diagnosis, and how you can live well during treatment and beyond. 

There will be three information sessions – one for people with early breast cancer, one for people with metastatic breast cancer and one 

August Immunisation Awareness Month

BCNA would like to encourage our network to be up-to-date on vaccinations as COVID-19 and influenza continue to affect our communities as August and September often being the peak period for influenza cases in Australia, being vaccinated remains the best way to ensure additional protection from severe disease and reduce the burden on our hospitals and health care systems. Read more here on BCNA’s My Journey - https://myjourney.org.au/article/3154

Surviving and thriving after breast cancer treatment (The Medical Journal of Australia)

BCNA’s Seat At the Table (SATT) representative Christobel Saunders has released publication Surviving and thriving after breast cancer treatment that discusses the ongoing challenges faced by people who have experienced a breast cancer diagnosis.


Counterpart recently shared their final Sept-Dec program for 2022 for distribution WhatsOn_pdf_SeptDec_FINAL.pdf (counterpart.org.au). These events are free for women affected by breast or a gynaecological cancer 

Webcasts - Metastatic breast cancer on-demand recording available

If you missed the event, the video is now available to be viewed on-demand https://bit.ly/metastatic-webcast-bcna

Here is a re-cap below:

·       437 registrations

·       130 live participants (29.75%)

The webcast addressed what is important to know in those first few weeks after a diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer including navigating the health system, treatment options, identifying key members of your treating team, and the support and care available to you.

Feedback from attendees:

·       "Great webinar BCNA! All the speakers were BRILLIANT"

·       "Thank you to the facilitator for thinking of raising single people! I feel we are so often overlooked in terms of lack of supports. Thanks again!"

Books/Movies/TV Series/ Documentaries

This is a simple new release fiction that was a good read for those who like a bit of story with twists and turns. It was a New York Times bestseller:

Wrong Place Wrong Time

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

@Jenny_BCNA @Carissa_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, & Pat

“I don’t know what my path is yet. I’m just walking on it.” – Olivia Newton-John

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