September 2014 Community Newsletter

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Welcome to the September 2014 Community Newsletter!

In This Issue:

  • Acknowledging Our Community Members: Members From Around the World
  • Community Statistics
  • NEW Get-Together Slideshow Photo Section
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month Survey: We Want to Hear From YOU!
  • Visit Our Treatment Threads
  • NEW Forum: BCO Free-Cycle
  • Members Shout-Out Request: Top 5 Tips to Get Through Chemo

Acknowledging Our Community Members: Members From Around the World

Our Community is made up of a diverse group of members, logging in from around the world. We wanted to know what it's like to experience breast cancer from diagnosis to treatment through recovery in different countries. Some members have graciously offered to share their stories; read them here >>

“For, while the tale of how we suffer, and how we are delighted, and how we may triumph is never new, it always must be heard. There isn’t any other tale to tell, it’s the only light we’ve got in all this darkness.” —James Baldwin

Want to share your story? Email us at Community Statistics

We thought it would be interesting to share some statistics about our Community. For our first report, we are highlighting the time period Aug 4 – Sept 4, 2014:

  • We had a total of 527,000 visits to the Discussion Boards.
  • 264,000 users visited the Boards.
  • 37,713 posts were made (about 1,443 daily average!).
  • The average duration of members’ sessions was a little over 6 minutes.
  • 43.24% of our members accessed the Discussion Boards using a desktop/laptop, 33.68% with a mobile device, and 23.08% on a tablet.
  • We received at least one visitor from 190 countries during the last 30 days! Here is a break-down of the top 10 countries using our Discussion Boards:
    • 73% of visits were from the United States
    • 8% from the United Kingdom
    • 6.63% from Canada
    • 3.27% from Australia
    • .93% from India
    • .76% from Ireland
    • .72% from New Zealand
    • .45% from the Philippines
    • .43% from Singapore
    • .39% from South Africa

If you have other statistics you would be interested in, please let us know by emailing us at

NEW Get-Together Slideshow Photo Section

Many members like to share photos of their get-togethers from around the world! We’ve compiled these photos to help put usernames with faces and share those good times with all!

Check out the NEW Get-Together Slideshow! >>

If you have photos you’d like to share with the Community, email them to, and we’ll be happy to add them to the slideshow. Don’t forget to include a caption with members’ usernames!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Survey: We Want to Hear From YOU!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which can be an overwhelming time for many women and men affected by breast cancer, but may also be seen as a month of hope and progress against the disease.

We want to hear from you about what you think and feel approaching this month. We will share the compiled answers with the Community at the end of October. Take the survey now >>

Visit Our Treatment Threads

Starting treatment soon? No matter where you are in your treatment journey, there's a thread in the Community for you. Meet others going through treatment right along with you!

NEW Forum: BCO Free-Cycle

Member Mulligan made a great suggestion for a place in our Community to give away and trade items related to breast cancer. This is a place to donate and trade items free of charge that could be used during and after cancer treatment (e.g. head covers, mastectomy products, swimwear, breast cancer support products). No money may be exchanged, even for shipping. All mailing addresses must be shared via private message, and no phone numbers exchanged. Visit the NEW BCO Free-Cycle Forum now >>

Members Shout Out Request: Top 5 Tips to Get Through Chemo

If you had chemotherapy, what are the top 5 tips you'd give a newbie facing chemo? Feel free to provide practical, funny, serious, or other helpful tips you think would help someone just starting down the chemotherapy road. We'll give you the summary in our next newsletter! Email us at to share!

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