Welcome New Members - 6th June 2024

Mez_BCNA Administrator, Staff, Member, Moderator Posts: 921

A very warm welcome to everyone who has joined the Online Network recently:

@snoozey_sister @KRW @Jade80 @ethereal @BernieWal @skinnygirl @ElenaD @Brooms @MadMum77 @emma79 @Melody @JenniJoy @janieboyd @emichacko @jamale @Sachs @Molly5 @AnnieG @hays @Rachelz @CCMA @kmorley55 @Shazmaree @HBK @m_m11 @Cricks @karolyn @SJG @MelCHobart @ssabo @yanis_r @MariJo @Fifi1002 @Kazweekes @bronp @kathskryp @kathyfran @Rina @magsy @Gola @Janjuc262 @deborahjoy @Mayet @SandraN @Angief @ellebell09 @IJS @kbeats90 @traceyrodgers @Madimack @mazgam @Liewe_Heksie @Irishmama @katie123 @316 @megwhatever @Pam52 @JLa @mima56 @ronnielo @del500 @twhite @natasha1407 @mek @tom @Andy77@hinehaycock

You have found your way to Breast Cancer Network Australia's (BCNA's) Online Network. This is a forum where you are not alone and can engage with generous members who provide meaningful support to each other. You can share as much or as little as you feel comfortable with other members. Please explore our various Groups for members who are looking for greater peer-to-peer support. 

The following links may also be helpful in getting you started: 

Our long-time members (newbies too!) are a wealth of information regarding the useful discussion topics and information available through BCNA's Online Network, therefore please do not hesitate to post your questions. You have the option to add details about yourself to your  'Profile' (Update your profile image by clicking 'Change My Picture')  and if you would like more targeted responses, you may like to add where you live (e.g. Sydney; Melbourne; Regional Victoria). 
If you need help navigating the Online Network please message myself @Mez_BCNA or one of our other moderators: @Denise_BCNA , @Risha_BCNA , @Pat_BCNA@Georgie_BCNA , @Kate_BCNA , @Daina-BCNA
Please note: the Online Network is not moderated by staff/volunteers on the weekends, however if you need something actioned, the quickest way to resolve your query is to contact the Helpline Team via email helpline@bcna.org.au or phone 1800 500 258 Monday to Friday 9:00am-5:00pm AEST


  • KRW
    KRW Member Posts: 5
    Thanks so much for the warm welcome.  I haven't posted yet, but have definitely sought out forum posts of interest to me. Appreciate all the input by your community.
  • June1952
    June1952 Member Posts: 1,883
    A warm welcome to all the new members from all of us 'oldies'.  You have found a great place for information, to ask questions and to make friends.
    @snoozey_sister @KRW @Jade80 @ethereal @BernieWal @skinnygirl @ElenaD @Brooms @MadMum77 @emma79 @Melody @JenniJoy @janieboyd @emichacko @jamale @Sachs @Molly5 @AnnieG @hays @Rachelz @CCMA @kmorley55 @Shazmaree @HBK @m_m11 @Cricks @karolyn @SJG @MelCHobart @ssabo @yanis_r @MariJo @Fifi1002 @Kazweekes @bronp @kathskryp @kathyfran @Rina @magsy @Gola @Janjuc262 @deborahjoy @Mayet @SandraN @Angief @ellebell09 @IJS @kbeats90 @traceyrodgers @Madimack @mazgam @Liewe_Heksie @Irishmama @katie123 @316 @megwhatever @Pam52 @JLa @mima56 @ronnielo @del500 @twhite @natasha1407 @mek @tom @Andy77@hinehaycock - please ask anything which is in your mind as no question is too small or too silly.  There is always someone who has been just where you are so they know how you are feeling.
    A pen and paper will be an asset for you as once you write it down you will stop that panicky worrying feeling.  Take your pen and paper to any appointments and ask away.
    If you can, take someone with you as a second pair of ears, or even ask if you can record the appointment for later reference as we all miss bits along the way or don't think of questions immediately.
    If you add your general location into your profile you can be in contact with other locals who know more about what is available to you.
    This can be a difficult time but remember that you are your own advocate in the medical environment so don't be shy in stating your case.
    All the best to you.  ❤️❤️
  • Sachs
    Sachs Member Posts: 1
    Thank you for the welcome.
    I am a little overwhelmed right now.
    I was told on the 8th of May that I would be getting surgery within four weeks. I still don't have a date and just don't have the emotional capacity right now to explore this network but it is nice to know it is here. Emma 🐞
  • arpie
    arpie Member Posts: 7,742
    @KRW and @Sachs - feel free to jump onto the Newly Diagnosed thread and tell us your story so far. 

    Take lots of deep breaths, try & keep busy as you can between appointments - and if you are waiting for a surgery date, maybe cook up some meals & freeze them, so it is one less thing to worry about afterwards ;) 

    Take care