I decided to keep a blog http://andreabc2.blogspot.com/ when I was diagnosed with BC in April. I thought it would be useful to record my thoughts during the mastectomy and breast reconstruction process and useful for others as I wouldn’t need to explain things over and over. I am lucky as I have lots of friends and family so there was lots of stories to tell and retell.
Sometime in June/July, I had an idea about a website that would pull together all the BC support services in NZ. There are such amazing support services out there but I wasn’t convinced that they were easy enough to find or all in one place. I also thought that it would be cool to have BC experiences on the site so that people could learn about BC. Also, some friends asked about resources for supporting people with BC so my idea was a website to meet all of these needs.
Then I read an article about Serena Star Leonard http://www.retireyoung.com.au/ setting up websites. With her support, I have set up this website www.breastcancernirvana.co.nz. And thanks to Tessa for designing a fab logo http://www.tessaneedham.com/. The idea behind the name BC Nirvana is that with the right support and attitude, BC can have some positive spin offs. Obviously, BC can be depressing and is definitely life threatening, but even amongst that, it can spur us on an amazing path of self-discovery and enlightenment.
So..this is the end of my previous blog and the birth of BC Nirvana. Please check out the new site and leave your comments. Also, please pass this on to others you know who have or have had BC. I would love them to write their story or write “what I wish I’d known about BC” from their experience. It would be so helpful to record these experiences to assist other women; there is so much value in all the different experiences, tips, hints and lessons learned.. Or let me know if there are articles you would like written.
Also, sorry about the gaps on the site. Over the next months, I will gradually fill out all the website content.
Thanks to all the support I have received from friends and family.