Pink Lotus Power Up is an online community and resource for anyone and any topic related to breast cancer. Our website contains a large number of features, and we’re happy to explain these in more detail below. Also, Pink Lotus Power Up is part of the larger Pink Lotus organization. If you are looking for the Breast Center, the Elements Store or the Foundation, these are all separate organizations and they each have their own website. Below are the features availlable directly from Pink Lotus Power Up:
Our site contains 3 different blogs spanning every imaginable breast cancer topic. Breast Cancer 101 features news, articles, tips, how to’s and more and is written and provided by our own editorial staff. Inside The Journey features stories written by women from all walks of life directly and indirectly affected by breast cancer. Anyone with a breast cancer experience can contribute to Inside The Journey by signing up for a Contributor account (if you already have a free account, you can upgrade to a contributor account via your profile page by clicking on “Upgrade”). Breast Myths is a quarterly editorial by Pink Lotus Co-Founder and breast cancer surgeon Dr. Kristi Funk. Every few months, Dr. Funk will confirm or bust a common breast cancer myth submitted by our readers.
Our community discussion groups are a great way to interact with other members of our site. Community Groups can be public, private, or invite-only and can be created by anyone who has signed up for a free member account. In contrast to other social networks and discussion forums, we do not censor your posts or images. Posting information or images about breasts can quickly lead to getting your account flagged or suspended on most other platforms. We encourage you to post any information you want. Pink Lotus Power Up was created to empower you and others, and that means you are free to discuss any topic you wish.
Our entire website is built on a social network infrastructure that encourages community and friendship. Every member in the Power Up community has a public profile page which can also be found via the Member Directory (you can hide yourself from the directory via your Privacy settings). Our social network allows you to post items on your wall, upload photos, private message another member, and more. Additionally, in the top pink bar on every Power Up page, you can always see your profile links, private message alerts, and account notifications to make sure you never miss an alert. Each page also provides you with a real-time notification icon in your lower right corner to give you the details of all of your account notifications. Our social network is tied in fully with all other features of the website. Blog comments, group posts, social posts, etc can all be accessed directly from your profile page.
Our Breast Buddies program is free to all breast cancer survivors and women who are newly diagnosed with the disease. Breast Buddies is a free mentorship program that matches newly diagnosed breast cancer patients with survivors of similar background (age, family, etc) and diagnosis (cancer stage, type, treatment, genetics, etc). Our database can be searched with up to 10 different matching criteria and provide matches even for highly unique situations. Anyone with a current or past breast cancer diagnosis can sign up, either to be mentored or to mentor someone. If you already have a user account on our site, you can upgrade to a Breast Buddies account via your profile page and by clicking on “Upgrade”.
Our Breast List program is a free exchange and trading platform that allows anyone, anywhere to list any product or service related to breast cancer. Breast List is a wonderful tool if you want to sell a product, offer volunteer services, ask for assistance, trade a product, or simply pass down an item that you no longer need. You can browse all listings by category or location, and if you are interested in creating a post on Breast List, simply sign up for a free member account.
Our website is packed with free resources, tests, and calculators, many of which you won’t find on any other website. From our Opposite Breast Risk calculator or our Breast IQ Test, we continuously develop new tools for you to help you navigate your breast cancer journey with more confidence and less confusion.
Account & Security
Anyone can request verification from their profile page. In order to get your account verification approved, you must have completed certain areas of your profile – including:
- Profile picture
- Cover photo
- At least 1 link to a social media profile link
If your verification was previously denied, you can update your profile according to the above requires, and then submit another request.
Each profile page has an edit button in the primary button bar and also a ‘settings wheel’ icon on the right side below the cover photo. Click either of them, update your profile and then either click the check mark under your cover photo, or scroll down and click the ‘Update Profile’ button.
The amount of information you supply about yourself for your Breast Buddies profile is completely up to you. Any information you do provide will be visible to any other member who is also registered on our website as a Breast Buddy. The information you provide will also be used in searches on our Find a Breast Buddy page for purposes of allowing other users to find and match with you.
CrowdCause is a breast cancer crowdsourcing platform operated by Pink Lotus Power Up. Unlike other crowdsourcing platforms, CrowdCause aims to increase fundraising success by focusing on only one topic – breast cancer. CrowdCause is also unique in that it does not take a platform fee and is free to its users except for customary transactions fees to accept donations, which are deducted from the campaign.
You can tag other members of the community on your profile wall, our public social feed, and in any of our discussion groups. In your post or comment, simply use the format @membername to see a dropdown of members you can tag in your post. You must supply at least 3 letters after the @ symbol in order for tag options to appear.