Help Australians get the support they need this Christmas – donate to the BCNA Christmas Appeal
Christmas can be a difficult time. For some, it will be a time to reflect and celebrate another year clear of breast cancer. However, for women like Jennie, who was diagnosed with breast cancer on Christmas Eve 2016, the holiday season can be full of uncertainty and isolation. Fortunately, BCNA’s online network was there to support Jennie over the Christmas period when health practitioners and support services are traditionally closed.
Launched in 2010, BCNA’s online network is an active online community where Australians affected by breast cancer can find information and support at all hours of the day or night, 365 days a year. It is completely free to join and use.
Currently the online network receives more than 30,000 visits a month from more than 6,000 different users. People connect to discuss a wide range of challenges they face, from treatment and side effects to relationship issues.
Jennie’s diagnosis left her anxious. She called two referred surgeons and received no answer – they were both closed until 9 January. With two weeks to wait for news or information about her diagnosis, Jennie immediately started worrying.
She turned to BCNA’s online network to seek support and guidance during a time of great uncertainty.
‘My first post was one of desperation, but when I started getting responses from the wonderful members on the site, I calmed down straight away. The first response to my post came through just 10 minutes later, and from then the responses kept coming,’ Jennie said.
‘The women were truly amazing! They understood the type of breast cancer I had and could give me an idea of what to expect with treatment. Up until now I was worried that the two-week wait to see a surgeon could mean that the cancer would progresses, but they assured me that such a short period wouldn’t make a difference.
‘I started the day feeling desperate, but thanks to the posts on the online network I actually ended the day feeling really positive and even laughing a little,’ she said.
Every day in Australia, 48 people will hear the words, ‘You have breast cancer’. You can help people just like Jennie get the support they need at this uncertain time.
Donate to BCNA’s Christmas Appeal today to ensure that BCNA can continue this essential service for Australians affected by breast cancer.
How your donation helps
- $65 – will allow for marketing of the online network to better reach all Australians diagnosed
- $104 – will provide web development to improve the user experience
- $200 – will allow us to have a staff member assisting users, moderating posts and ensuring 24-hour access, 365 days a year