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


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

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