When you’re diagnosed with breast cancer, you become a member of a club you never wanted to join.
That’s how Natasha Taggart felt when she was diagnosed with HER2-positive breast cancer in October 2019. Early on in her treatment, not only was she coming to terms with her diagnosis, but she had to adapt to the ever-changing health advice as the country and the world responded to a global pandemic.
‘One of the hardest things for me was not being able to have a family member come to my appointments,’ she says. ‘I really missed having their support then.’
Natasha learnt about BCNA when she received some information from the organisation soon after her diagnosis. She browsed its website for information and the online network to connect with others and found BCNA’s Helpline particularly helpful.
‘There are some quiet moments when you have a chance to breathe and think, and you realise that you need a little bit of help and support to get through such a crappy time,’ she says. ‘Without the support of BCNA in those moments, I would have been a little lost.’
Natasha says her family and friends were her greatest support throughout it all, but it made her wonder: what about other people who might not be as fortunate? Who could they turn to for information and support?
‘Everyone needs support while going through breast cancer. Having a place you can go to, someone to listen to your worries and to feel supported is a fabulous thing,’ she says. ‘BCNA offers that.’
When her treatment ended last year, Natasha became a member of another sort of club, however, this time it was one she wanted to join.
‘I signed up to BCNA’s regular giving program,’ she says. ‘If I can help a little bit by donating, then I feel like I am giving something back.’
Natasha now makes an automatic donation each month to help BCNA continue to support others who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and their families.
‘I’ve always believed if you can afford to give something, you should. It doesn’t have to be much but even a small amount will help someone else,’ she says. ‘Give what you can afford and always help those who need it.’
BCNA’s regular giving program is just one of many ways people can support others affected by breast cancer. If you’d like to find out more, visit the Get Involved page on our website.