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ABOUT

 

Brave Collective are purveyors of merch inspired by rock culture, spreading the word on cancer in young adults.

Founded by someone who has had cancer, for anyone

affected by cancer, we donate a percentage of every

product sale to charity and provide a platform for young

adults to share their story.

THE COLLECTIVE

The Collective is a dedicated space for any young adult affected by cancer to share their story and find support from others. Get in touch by emailing wearebravecollective@gmail.com

 

We are Brave Collective and we've got you.

We're braver together.

DANIELLE'S STORY

Danielle, from Kent UK, was diagnosed with breast cancer after finding a lump whilst she was breastfeeding. Initially thought to be unsuspicious and down to hormones, she pushed for answers and received her diagnosis several months later. She talks to us about her choice to adopt a healthier lifestyle through way of food, exercise and mindfulness and gives us a little update on where she’s at health-wise now.

ANNEMARIE'S STORY

Annemarie, from Doncaster UK, was diagnosed with breast cancer at the beginning of 2019. She talks to us about the importance of voicing how you’re feeling, and talks openly and honestly about how her relationships with those closest to her to have changed throughout her diagnosis and treatment. 

LAUREN'S STORY

ABIGAIL'S STORY

Lauren, from Nottingham UK, visited her doctor after feeling numbing pain in her right arm and the right side of her neck when she drank alcohol. She was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in April 2018. She tells us about why she chose BEACOPP chemotherapy and gives us an insight into who she is and how she got on with her first round of chemotherapy through a series of videos from her YouTube channel. 

GINNY'S STORY

Ginny, from Bromley UK, was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2019. She talks to us about how her long term health condition – Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, more commonly known as M.E – almost readied her for treatment, but also how she tackled the two combined.

ABIGAIL'S STORY

Abigail Howes, from Cardiff South Wales, was diagnosed with cervical cancer at 24-years-old after years of unexplained symptoms. Not yet of the recommended age for cervical screening, she was told not to worry as she was 'too young for cancer'. Now realising how important gynaecological health is, she wants to turn her diagnosis into something positive by highlighting the importance of regular smear tests and encourage open discussions around women's health.

JEN'S STORY

Jen, born in Australia and now living in London UK, was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in her upper jaw at 31-years-old. She talks in detail about chemotherapy as an in-patient, her life-changing and mind-blowing surgeries and talks openly and honestly about moving forward with life after cancer.

SOPHIE'S STORY

Sophie, from South Wales UK, was diagnosed with breast cancer after finding a lump in her armpit. From the day she was diagnosed she was keen to keep a positive mindset and power through, determined to remain upbeat around family and friends. But now she reflects and talks to us about the importance of talking and being open and honest about how you’re feeling. Whilst it’s so admirable to try and stay positive, there’s also nothing wrong with facing your demons too.

ORLA'S STORY

Orla, from Dublin Ireland, was diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Myeloid Leukemia after noticing she had unexplained fatigue and a number of bruises appearing on the backs of her legs. She’s now finished chemotherapy and talks to us about how maintaining a positive attitude helped her when life threw her a curve ball at 19-years-old.

SOPHIE'S STORY

Sophie, from South Wales UK, was diagnosed with breast cancer after finding a lump in her armpit. From the day she was diagnosed she was keen to keep a positive mindset and power through, determined to remain upbeat around family and friends. But now she reflects and talks to us about the importance of talking and being open and honest about how you’re feeling. Whilst it’s so admirable to try and stay positive, there’s also nothing wrong with facing your demons too.

AMEERA'S STORY

Ameera, from London UK, had been on a surfing trip to Portugal just a few days before she was diagnosed with Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma. She talks to us about the day she was diagnosed, the symptoms that led her to visit her doctor and how she firmly believes that there’s strength in numbers when facing a cancer diagnosis. 

ZOE'S STORY

Zoe, from Shropshire UK, is 35 and a mother of three. She was diagnosed with a rare form of high grade Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, detected as intraocular in both of her eyes. She touches on the visible and more physical side effects of her chemotherapy and shares a little advice for anyone who finds themselves in a similar position to herself.

FRANCESCA'S STORY

Francesca, from Leeds UK, was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer with lymph node metastasis in February 2018 at 28-years-old. Now, over a year after finishing radiotherapy, she reflects on her time spent in hospital.

CIARA'S STORY

Ciara, from Texas USA, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2017. She talks to us about how her diagnosis changed her whole life overnight, the details of her treatment and how she incredibly had her second chemotherapy infusion while Hurricane Harvey made its way towards Houston.

GEORGIE'S STORY

Georgie, from Berkshire UK, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2018. She talks about her diagnosis, her mental health and how finding the positives in any given situation has helped her through treatment. As a friend of hers once said to her, "it’s all in the attitude" – we can be faced with such difficult situations in life that can’t be changed, but what we can do is change the way we face them.

BECKI'S STORY

Becki, from Texas USA, tests positive for the BRCA2 gene mutation – a hereditary gene which carries an increased risk of various cancers. She chats to us about choosing to undergo genetic testing following her dad's breast cancer diagnosis and how her preventative surgery uncovered a small tumour growing in her left breast.

KAETI'S STORY

Kaeti, from Chester UK, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018. She talks about the day she was diagnosed and dissects a cancer diagnosis, comparing it to riding a metaphorical bus – you don't know where you're going or when it's going to stop, you just have to ride it out.

MEGAN'S STORY

Megan, from Somerset UK, was diagnosed with stage 4B Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2018 at 26-years-old. She talks to us about hair loss and how being a mum to her little girl helped her remain focused throughout her treatment.

CORRIE'S STORY

Corrie, from Glasgow UK, was diagnosed with stage 2B Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2018. She's since taken part in Cancer Research's 'Pretty Muddy Race For Life' whilst going through chemotherapy, really giving cancer the middle finger.

RHIANNON'S STORY

Rhiannon, from London UK, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at 24 and breast cancer at 32. She's been living with cancer, treated for cancer or in remission from cancer for nearly 10 years.

ZARA'S STORY

Zara, from London UK, was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin's Lymphoma after being misdiagnosed with inflammation and a sprain, reminding us how important it is to get to know your body and speak up if something doesn't feel right.

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EMMA'S STORY

Emma, from London UK, was diagnosed with breast cancer 3 week's after her mum's passing. She candidly tells us her story, discusses mental health and how she's coming to terms with the most difficult period of her life to date.

DESTINY'S STORY

Destiny, from Arizona USA, was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2018. She talks about the hardest year of her life and what she feels it's taught her about life and herself along the way.

DANI'S STORY

Dani is a graphic designer from New Zealand. In July 2018, at 26-years-old, her life changed forever. She talks to us about the day she was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer.