Friday update 22 October 2021
It is a nice welcome today for Victorians as the lockdown
restrictions lift today - Enjoy your greater freedoms!
BCNA continue their October breast cancer awareness campaign, highlighting
issues that impact those diagnosed and advocate to drive change. Thankyou to
all of our members who have shared their stories, resources and support.
Reminder Private Groups
Given that in October we have had ‘Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day’
and ‘Men’s Breast Cancer Awareness Day’, I wanted to remind members of the
Online Network’s private groups if you are seeking greater peer-to-peer support:
with metastatic breast cancer
living with breast cancer
Members new and old may have missed some of the forum discussions that
have received the most comments:
1. Friday Funnies These
funny posts are welcome any day really – bringing something light hearted to
Howlers - Jump on to chat if you are awake
anyone taken 'Before' and 'After' pics?
BCNA NEWS 13 Oct 2021 - When an Employee Needs Leave for Cancer
‘Don’t come back’ were the words Liz
Tapping heard when she asked if she could take leave from her job to receive
treatment for breast cancer. Her employer of 5 years sacked her on the spot. A
recent ruling in the Federal Circuit Court found this action contravened the
Fair Work Act.
CLICK HERE to read full details of Liz’s story and also
access BCNA resources to educate and
Cancer Australia - The Impact of COVID-19 on cancer-related
medical services and procedures in Australia in 2020
Cancer Australia today
released a new report, The
impact of COVID-19 on cancer-related medical services and procedures in
Australia in 2020: Examination of MBS claims data for 2020, nationally and by
shows an overall sustained reduction in cancer services in 2020. BCNA has also been working with Cancer Australia, providing consumer insight and feedback into the development of communications about the COVID-19 vaccine roll out and the impact on those with a diagnosis of breast cancer. You can find frequently asked questions in BCNA’s My Journey and on the Cancer Australia website. If you have any information that you’d like to share about how COVID-19 has been impacting your patients, please email the Policy Team on [email protected].
“Don’t Delay and just hope it’ll go away.” – Male
Breast Cancer Awareness
7 news featured Pieter and highlighted Male Breast Cancer
Awareness Day in a fantastic segment.
Pieter's full story is available to watch
on our IGTV on Instagram.
Head over to https://www.instagram.com/bcnapinklady/ to
view his story and more.
“There is also a lot of misunderstanding about metastatic breast cancer
and what this means in terms of your treatment and
survival.” – Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness
Mother-of-three Andrea Smith knows
she will lose her life to an incurable form of breast cancer. But she is determined to help other sufferers while she can.
Read Andrea’s story CLICK HERE
The Pink Bra Project
This breast cancer awareness month show
your support for those affected by breast cancer and the people around them.
$10 from every Pink Bra sale from Berlei's
Pink Bra collection will go to BCNA. Hear BCNA member’s stories and ambassadors
Stuart Diver, Aunty Pam, Raeleen Boyle and Sophie Conway https://www.berlei.com.au/pink-bra-project
Webcasts and conferences you may have missed
Options and Expectations The virtual conference recording is now
available to view on demand. Frequently asked/mentioned topics of the
three-hour event were:
have radiation before or after an implant
The impact of
COVID-19 on wait times
recurrence after a reconstruction
around the option of not having a reconstruction
Metastatic Breast Cancer -Thriving together- Living Longer, Living
virtual conference recording is now available to view on demand. Frequently
asked/mentioned topics of the three-hour event were:
How to manage resistance treatment with
hormone blocking therapies
Immunotherapies and triple negative
How to reduce the risk of fractures from
New drugs that enhance the action of
chemotherapy in the cell
Uncertainty and fear of what might happen
in the future
Support groups are a really important way
to connect with others and reduce feelings isolation
Upfront About Breast Cancer Podcast
Have you checked out our new 10-part podcast series, Upfront About Breast
Cancer - What You Don’t Know Until You Do, with Dr Charlotte Tottman?
Each episode explores Charlotte’s lived
experience, provides explanations of psychological triggers and responses and
practical strategies that may help you or someone you know on their breast
cancer journey. All episodes are available to stream now across all podcast
To listen visit https://bit.ly/3oD0S0C
BCNA Member Support Team & Online Network Moderators - Introductions
This week I am pleased to introduce you to Anna Wilson from our Member Support Team:
Anna joined BCNA In
2012, after a friend told her there was a position available on the helpline.
Originally a primary teacher and with three young kids, she decided to take a
leap and move into this space. While Anna knew little about BCNA’s role, from
the moment she started her role she loved it! Anna felt like she could really make a
difference being part of the organisation and found many ways to contribute both
on the helpline and then in the fundraising and the sponsorship team.
Anna loves to hear
the stories of the people who call the helpline and see how BCNA can really
make a difference. She loves her colleagues at BCNA and enjoys collaborating
with them each day “They are all so professional, knowledgeable and they care
deeply for all those women, men and their families who are experiencing breast
Outside of work, Anna loves
gardening and especially loves spring. Her two helpers Maggie and Billy are
never far away!
Books / Movies/ TV Series/ Documentaries
Have you seen the My Journey article about ‘The Library’?
provides names of some books you might find helpful or interesting to read.
Books in the
'about breast cancer and DCIS' and 'live well' sections have been reviewed by
BCNA staff and are recommended as reliable information. Personal stories have
not always been reviewed by BCNA, but may have been recommended to us by others
diagnosed with breast cancer or sent to us by the author (often a BCNA member).
If there is a
book you would like to suggest for this list, please email us at [email protected] or
post here in the discussion and I will pass on.
Hope you enjoy this update and I always welcome feedback. 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] (We will be back on deck Monday).
The mod team – Mez, Carissa, Jenny, Anna, Pat & Michelle
"Awareness is all about restoring your freedom to choose what you want instead of what your past imposes on you" - Deepak Chopra