Natural Beauty Expert, Belinda Hughes caught up with BCNA CEO Christine Nolan to discuss the importance of their work, supporting women who are living with breast cancer. Here is a snippet of her interview and information on how to donate.
CN: Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) is the peak national organisation for Australians personally affected by breast cancer, and consists of a network of more than 105,000 individual members and 300 Member Groups. We work to support, inform, represent and connect Australians affected by breast cancer, and we are passionate about ensuring people with breast cancer receive the very best support, information, treatment and care appropriate to their individual needs.
CN: There are a number of breast cancer organisations, and although we work closely together we all function for different and important reasons.
At BCNA we do not raise funds for research into a cure for breast cancer, instead we provide information and support to women and families coping with a breast cancer diagnosis. Finding a cure is incredibly important, but in the meantime women are still being diagnosed and they need support to help them get through a very stressful time.
Advocacy is also an important part of our work at BCNA. With more than 105,000 members and 300 Member Groups, we make it our mission to ensure that our members’ voices are heard by policy makers, health providers and planners.
CN: At BCNA we have a dedicated Services Team who take calls from people diagnosed with breast cancer, family and friends of those diagnosed, and health professionals. Often they speak to women only hours after a diagnosis, and they are on hand to talk through what to do next and direct them to the right support for their individual needs. The BCNA Services Team can be reached on 1800 500 258.
We also have a range of free information resources to help people diagnosed with breast cancer better understand what is ahead of them and help them make the right decisions about their treatment and care. Our key resources include the My Journey Kit, which is a free resource for people newly diagnosed with early breast cancer, the Hope & Hurdles pack, a free information pack for people living with secondary breast cancer (also known as metastatic or terminal breast cancer), and the My Care Kit, a practical pack for women who have recently had breast surgery which includes a Berlei bra and soft forms.
CN: We know that exercise and healthy eating is important for everyone, but for women diagnosed with breast cancer moving often and eating right can have a number of added benefits. Maintaining an active lifestyle and balanced diet can help to improve physical and emotional wellbeing, mood and sleep, and increase bone mineral density. Exercise can also help manage some of the physical side effects of breast cancer treatment, such as fatigue and pain, and research shows it may also reduce the risk of breast cancer recurring.
CN: Breast Cancer Awareness Month is such an important time for women diagnosed with breast cancer, their families, and the wider community. There are lots of ways you can support BCNA this October, including hosting a Pink Lady fundraising event, hosting a tribute Mini Field of Women, attending one of our Pink Lady luncheons, participating in a challenge for BCNA, or purchasing product from one of our generous corporate supporters. For more information about how to help us recognise this important month and support Australians affected by breast cancer visit www.bcna.org.au
In conjunction with Business in Heels, Natural Beauty Expert are raising money for BCNA all month! If you would like to donate or bid in their silent auction please go to our Go Fundraise Me page and ALL proceeds go directly to BCNA. To bid on item go to the Facebook page. Beautiful Because has donated a Detox Starter Set to the silent auction.