BRiC's Collective Voice

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Our guided, weekly evening discussions, known as BRiC's Collective Voice centre around the many challenges we face as women living with breast cancer and its effects. Where relevant, we refer to research and theory, and our discussions offer an opportunity to share our emotions and experiences as well as engage in lively debate.

Topics have been richly varied, including work, diet, how to talk to children, the meaning of life, secondary breast cancer, emotional suppression, chemo-brain, post-traumatic growth and finding happiness in the little things.
If you are a woman living in the UK with a diagnosis of breast cancer and you would like to join our private group, please contact us through our public facebook page: Centre for Building Resilience in Breast Cancer


Weekly Discussion Summary Links:


  1. Fear of recurrence and progression of disease
  2. Overthinking and how to Overcome it
  3. To repress, or not to repress?
  4. Managing Uncertainty
  5. Stress and Breast Cancer
  6. Post-traumatic Growth
  7. Understanding Fear
  8. Crying: It has its benefits
  9. Our emotional experiences post diagnosis
  10. Coping with grief and loss
  11. Girls gotta have fun!
  12. Our top coping strategies
  13. Putting on a brave face?
  14. What makes us feel proud?
  15. Emotion Suppression
  16. Repression (Avoiding)
  17. Understanding Happiness
  18. Finding Happiness in the Little Things
  19. Anxiety
  20. Self-esteem
  21. Depression
  22. Calming Strategies for Anxiety
  23. Crying
  24. Anger
  25. Anger 2
  26. Anger 3
  27. Guilt 1
  28. Guilt 2
  29. Coping with Fear
  30. Coping with Fear 2
  31. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  32. Lack of Psychological Support after Cancer
  33. Survivor's Guilt
  34. Dealing with fear of recurrence
  35. Balancing Positive and Negative Emotions
  36. Turning Down the Volume on Cancer
  37. Stepping stones towards resilience
  38. Building Psychological Well-Being
  39. Grief and Resilience
  40. Can we use adversity to grow in 'positive' ways?
  41. Can we use our vulnerability to become stronger?
  42. Post Traumatic Growth (PTG)
  43. I'm sorry


  1. Aware of our cancer but not defined by it
  2. Lymphedema, March 2020
  3. Surgery in breast cancer
  4. Alcohol and breast cancer 
  5. Stories of resilience in breast cancer (Tamsin Sargeant and Vicky Wilkes)
  6. Self-perception and its effects on well-being
  7. How to Live with Cancer
  8. Stronger
  9. Learning to Live a Rich and Meaningful Life
  10. What Do We Hope from the New Year?
  11. To Plan or Not To Plan
  12. What does it mean to survive breast cancer?
  13. Goals
  14. Living Well
  15. Coping with Breast Cancer News
  16. Can Breast Cancer ever in the past?
  17. Taking Stock
  18. Thoughts and feelings we are helpless
  19. What lifts our spirits?
  20. Seeking Perfection
  21. Finding the New Me
  22. Our Favourite Things
  23. Improving Physical Health
  24. Getting it right
  25. Looking for love?
  26. What would you say yourself in a pre-cancer letter?
  27. Coping at work following a breast cancer diagnosis
  28. Back to work
  29. Hopes and Dreams
  30. Be Positive
  31. Managing Physical Activity
  32. Can art offer a pathway to resilience?
  33. Goal Setting
  34. The New Normal
  35. Impact on professional identity and work
  36. Fashion Tips
  37. Self-Compassion
  38. Cancer Anniversaries

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