recovery of stamina adter DIEP

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Posted by kimmie o on 01 Aug 2014, 09:13PM

I was diagnosed recently with multifocal DCIS and on 4 June underwent a mastectomy with immediate DIEP reconstruction. I returned to work after 6 weeks but after 2 weeks back am really struggling with low stamina. My job is 30 hours per week with a combination of desk work / meetings and patient care. I am cutting back at the moment but wonder how long before I will have anything approaching a normal energy level. I am 56 years old, previously very fit, and have a supportive husband and 2 children in university at home.

My Beautiful Rebellion: From Cancer To Clarity

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Posted by mireilleparker on 01 Aug 2014, 06:36PM

I know what it’s like to feel stuck. I know what it’s like to be doing a job that doesn’t feel quite right and to long for the freedom of living a life on your own terms. I also know what it’s taken me to claim this freedom and I’d like to share that story with your today.

Hot Flush relief!

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Posted by yetbeung on 01 Aug 2014, 06:31PM

Just thought I should do a post on this as I know a lot of ladies out there are battling hot flushes.

I am 32 and as a result of chemo, I have symptoms of menopause, one of which is the hot flushes. My period has also stopped, I have gained weight and I have sore joints. We will be testing to see if this is permenent, however it is a bit too soon to get an accurate result yet. I had triple negative BC.

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Are you out of pocket?

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Posted by Laura Crowden in BCNA, on 30 Jul 2014, 10:59AM

As you may have seen, there has been significant media interest lately in to out-of-pocket expenses incurred via the private health system.

Have you incurred significant out of pocket costs after your breast cancer diagnosis and treatment?  Please share your story below.

For those based in the Greater Sydney area, we have been approached by Channel 9 News in Sydney who are looking for a local women with significant out of pocket costs (i.e. tens of thousands of dollars) due to private breast cancer surgery and treatment.

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In memory of Lorraine Elliott

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Posted by Kirsten in BCNA, on 16 Jul 2014, 09:57AM

Breast Cancer Network Australia asked Founder Lyn Swinburne to pen her thoughts on the passing of BCNA member Lorraine Elliot.

Lorraine is pictured above helping us to launch the first edition of the My Journey Kit at Federation Square in Melbourne 2004.

'I first met Lorraine back in the late 70s, when she was an occasional visitor to our Friday night drinks and wrap-up group.

Sussan Women's Fun Run 2014: Media Opportunity

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Posted by Claudia Innes in BCNA, on 10 Jul 2014, 10:57AM

Hello everyone,

Are you planning on taking part in this years Sussan Women's Fun Run?

We are looking for women who are taking part and who would be keen to share their story with us for a short profile series.

We're looking for participants who have a strong personal connection to breast cancer. Perhaps you have been diagnosed or are running in support or memory of a loved one affected by breast cancer.

Media opportunity: Did you choose not to have radiotherapy due to travel/distance?

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Posted by Laura Crowden in BCNA, on 08 Jul 2014, 10:39AM


I am looking for women in regional or rural NSW and Victoria who opted NOT to have radiotherapy to avoid spending long amounts of time away from home and their family.

I have been appoached by Daily Telegraph newspaper in NSW who is working on a campaign around rural health. They would like to focus on poor access to radiotherapy in rural and remote areas.

The journalist I am working with is keen to speak to women in NSW or Victoria who opted to undergo a mastectomy (or double mastectomy) to avoid radiotherapy and having to spend weeks away from home.


BCNA is coming to Geelong!

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Posted by Claudia Innes in BCNA, on 05 Jun 2014, 04:11PM

Hello everyone!

We're excited to announce that we will be visiting Geelong later this month to present the BCNA free ‘Living Well Beyond Breast Cancer’ information forum and we want to invite women, partners, family and friends from around Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula to join us for the day.

The forum will highlight the medical, physical and emotional aspects of living well after a breast cancer diagnosis, and for the first time will include special breakaway sessions tailored specifically for early and secondary breast cancer.

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