Our projects allow us to highlight the unique and varied ways that women with primary and secondary breast cancer live with and beyond their diagnosis. We aim to engage our members to share their unique stories and challenge the commonly-held assumptions about breast cancer. We share the good, the bad, the happy and the sad, with a focus on our resilience.
#MyBreastCancerTruth #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth #BRiCMembers
October can be a difficult month for those undergoing treatment for primary and secondary breast cancer, as well as those living with its effects. For all that we appreciate the pink-ribbon symbol and the efforts of charities to raise vital funds for research and support on our behalf, the prominence given to breast cancer – and arguably on preventing breast cancer – can be very painful for those of us who have already developed the disease.
This year, for our Breast Cancer Awareness Month project, we asked our members to tell us what matters most to them in terms of information about primary and secondary breast cancer.
The results are eye-opening.
Over the course of October in our project #MyBreastCancerTruth we shared the stories of real women living with primary and secondary breast cancer, which highlighted that breast cancer is more than a single story.
We are the women behind the statistics. We are the women whose lives are rich and meaningful, whose contributions to their families and communities are significant, despite our disease. We are the real women behind the statistics, we are not ‘patients,’ we are mothers, daughters, sisters, partners and friends. We are all women everywhere.
Read our stories here: https://bcresiliencecentre.blogspot.com/2018/10/breast-cancer-awareness-month-october_1.html
#Volunteers Week #BRiCMembers
We shared the many and varied ways our members volunteer their their time and efforts to help others.
#ResilienceInLymphoedema #LAW2018 #LymphoedemaAwareness
We join together in supporting the wider community and celebrate the resilience of all women living with resilience in lymphoedema, in particular, Anita, Bal, Carol, Jackie, Jane, Jennie, Lorna, Lynn, Pauline, Rhian, Ruth, Serena, Tamsin and Vicky – all affected by lymphoedema and who have so generously agreed to take part in our feature over Lymphoedema Awareness Week.
Read their individual stories, to be posted soon!
More than 100 women shared a photo that meant something to them for our photo-montage for World Cancer Day. Some examples…..
#bricmembers #creativity #pathways2resilience
Our members shared their artistic and creative talents which were captured in a series of well-received montages. These amazing women are artists and craftswomen, expressing their creativity through baking, cake decorating, crochet, glass-making, jewellery-making, knitting, painting, photography, playing musical instruments and sewing (to name but a few!). Some examples:
To celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we asked our members to share their own, personal definition of resilience.
To highlight this debilitating, but little-understood side-effect of treatment, some of our members bravely shared the circumstances that led to their diagnosis with lymphodema as well as how they’d learned to cope with it.
More than 30 of our members took the spot-light to share their experiences on our blog, Panning for Gold.