Our Forum is a safe space to connect with other people, learn from other people's experiences of breast cancer, and perhaps share your own. It is open to people aged 16 years or over, and is available 24/7.
This post explains a few points about our Forum. For a video introduction and step-by-step guide on how to use the Forum, you can watch the video below.
If you are new here
A special welcome if you’re browsing our Forum but you haven’t registered yet. You can read messages without being signed in, and that’s cool with us too!
If you’d like to post messages on our Forum, you will need register as a user. It won’t take long!
We’re sure you will find more categories and boards as you get more used to our Forum!
I need to edit my post
No problem – we too occasionally hit Send too soon! Go to the message you posted, select Options, and the first option will be Edit Reply.
What happens next?
Once you’ve posted something, your message will be visible to the many people who use our Forum every day.
You can take some time to explore other parts of the Forum and read what other people are saying. Many people use our Forum often – you’ll soon start recognising a few usernames, and hopefully make some friends too.
What does the Hug button do?
You may find that sometimes you are not sure how to reply to a message, or you just want to let someone know you have read their post.
Tapping the Hug button is a way of saying ‘I hear you’, ‘You’re in my thoughts’, or ‘I agree with your point of view’. This is what it looks like:
You’ll get a notification every time someone hugs one of your posts, and other users will get one if you hug any of their posts.
Can I sort the messages in a thread in a different way to the default?
Many forums sort messages by displaying the first post in a thread first, with any replies going underneath it. The default option on the platform that powers our Forum is to display the newest message first, which some users may find confusing.
Users can send private messages to other Forum users.
Only you and the person you are sending the message to can see these messages. (Please note that as mentioned in our How and why we moderate post, moderators are able to access users' private messages if we need to investigate allegations of abuse.)
At the top right of your screen you will find three icons. Select the envelope icon:
Next select the New Message button:
Now you're able to enter the username of the person you'd like to message, and enter your subject line and the body of your message.
You will notice that some users have after their username. These are people who have been on the Forum for many years, and who help us keep it welcoming and friendly. They are extremely helpful to us Breast Cancer Now moderators, and our job would be a lot harder without them – so thank you Community Champions!
Tip: You’ll also see some users who have Community Manager after their username, like mine does. That means the user works at Breast Cancer Now. We’ll also have ‘_BCN’ as part of our username to help you distinguish staff from other users.