Letter from the CEO

Welcome to the April edition of The Beacon. It has been a difficult start to 2020 for many Australians. The devastation of the recent bushfire season and its ongoing impact on those living in affected areas coupled with the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has left many of us feeling overwhelmed and uncertain.

We know that living with a breast cancer diagnosis adds to the distress many of our members are feeling at this time, both for those who are in active treatment and those who have completed treatment.

In these unprecedented times and with the situation changing so rapidly, BCNA is committed to being a reliable source of information and support around coronavirus and breast cancer. We have extended the opening hours of our Helpline to include Saturdays and Sundays until further notice, are regularly updating content on our My Journey online tool in response to the enquiries we are receiving from our members and producing podcasts that address common questions and concerns. I encourage you to access these services and resources that are based on information from key government agencies and clinicians.

Unfortunately, following discussions with our wonderful foundation partner, Bakers Delight, the 2020 Pink Bun campaign has been postponed until later in the year. We will keep you updated as to the new date as we learn more.

More than ever, BCNA needs your support to keep supporting those living with breast cancer in what is an anxious and distressing time.

While we are in challenging financial times we are asking anyone that is able to donate to our services to please do so as part of our 2020 Tax Appeal.

To my mind, the emotional impact of coronavirus on our communities will be just as significant as the physical one.

Elsewhere in this edition we focus on a subject we hear about a lot from our members; scans, tests and the anxiety that can often accompany them. We examine the much-discussed issue of medicinal cannabis and present the facts, and continue to share the inspiring personal stories of BCNA members. While many of the faces featured are of our younger members, I hope there is something in here for all of you.

Stay safe and always reach out when you need help and support.

Kirsten Pilatti

Chief Executive Officer

Issue 86
Autumn 2020