Four woman at PYNKS

PYNKS

Positive and Supportive

PYNKS is a supportive social group run by BCRC-WA in Perth, Western Australia, for patients with metastatic or advanced breast cancer.

PYNKS derives its name from Positive, Young, Nurturing, Kids/family focused, Strength-giving … words that sum up BCRC-WA’s warm, friendly and welcoming social group for patients with metastatic breast cancer.

Metastatic breast cancer (also known as secondary or advanced breast cancer) occurs when cancer spreads from the breast to other parts of the body.

Join our PYNKS meetings each month to share and connect with others like-minded people who can provide understanding, friendship and support. Our free program involves casual coffee catch-ups and chats, fun activities and outings that include family and friends.

PYNKS is Free

PYNKS is free and open to anyone living with metastatic breast cancer. We also welcome family, children, friends, loved ones and carers to some of our events.

Our regular event is a coffee and chat morning at the Bodhi Tree Coffee and Book Shop in Mt Hawthorn on the second Tuesday of every month from 10am until 11.30am. BCRC-WA staff will be in attendance and all welcome.

2019 Program of Events

May

Coffee and Chat – an open and informal chat over coffee
Date: Tues 14 May
Time: 10:00-11:30am
At: The Bodhi Tree Coffee and Book Shop, Mt Hawthorn (Cnr Oxford St and Scarborough Beach Rd

June

Coffee and Chat – an open and informal chat over coffee
Date: Tues 11 June
Time: 10:00-11:30am
At: The Bodhi Tree Coffee and Book Shop, Mt Hawthorn (Cnr Oxford St and Scarborough Beach Rd

July

Coffee and Chat – an open and informal chat over coffee
Date: Tues 9 July
Time: 10:00-11:30am
At: The Bodhi Tree Coffee and Book Shop, Mt Hawthorn (Cnr Oxford St and Scarborough Beach Rd

 

How to Join

Before joining PYNKS we encourage you to read our group meeting guidelines.

To join PYNKS, please complete a registration form and email the completed form back to info@bcrc-wa.com.au

For more information, please call (08) 6500 5501.

For upcoming PYNKS events, please visit our Events page.

A PYNKS Story

One of our members, Di McPherson, shares her experience with PYNKS below:

” When I was diagnosed in 2013, my usual experience with doctors had been a yearly flu shot and the occasional tonsillitis. For me, my breast cancer diagnosis was like entering an alternative universe. Fortunately, I was able to be part of a trial so I was guided through the maze of healing medications, scans and tests with one of the girls always there to hold my hand and listen to my concerns. I was also encouraged to attend PYNKS and I am so very grateful I did. I met an amazing group of women who are always generous in sharing their experiences and willing to help in any way they can. Being able to talk, laugh and sometimes cry with people who truly understand what you’re dealing with is an amazing support. I always leave a PYNKS gathering feeling lighter than when I arrived. “

The Power of Words

To help patients and provide additional support, PYNKS has developed a booklet for families and friends of women with breast cancer. The book, entitled ‘The Power of Words’, sheds light on what’s important for patients when diagnosed with breast cancer and while undergoing treatment. It talks about how families and friends can help, what to say to patients, and more importantly, what not to say. It also gives general advice making it a helpful guide for loved ones trying to gain an understanding of breast cancer.