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

#ResilienceDiscussions

EXPERIENCING AND MANAGING OUR EMOTIONS

  1. Grieving the loss of people we've never met
  2. The toxic positivity effect
  3. Embracing mixed emotions after loss
  4. Fear of recurrence and progression of disease
  5. Overthinking and how to Overcome it
  6. To repress, or not to repress?
  7. Managing Uncertainty
  8. Stress and Breast Cancer
  9. Post-traumatic Growth
  10. Understanding Fear
  11. Crying: It has its benefits
  12. Our emotional experiences post diagnosis
  13. Coping with grief and loss
  14. Girls gotta have fun!
  15. Our top coping strategies
  16. Putting on a brave face?
  17. What makes us feel proud?
  18. Emotion Suppression
  19. Repression (Avoiding)
  20. Understanding Happiness
  21. Finding Happiness in the Little Things
  22. Anxiety
  23. Self-esteem
  24. Depression
  25. Calming Strategies for Anxiety
  26. Crying
  27. Anger
  28. Anger 2
  29. Anger 3
  30. Guilt 1
  31. Guilt 2
  32. Coping with Fear
  33. Coping with Fear 2
  34. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  35. Lack of Psychological Support after Cancer
  36. Survivor's Guilt
  37. Dealing with fear of recurrence
  38. Balancing Positive and Negative Emotions
  39. Turning Down the Volume on Cancer
  40. Stepping stones towards resilience
  41. Building Psychological Well-Being
  42. Grief and Resilience
  43. Can we use adversity to grow in 'positive' ways?
  44. Can we use our vulnerability to become stronger?
  45. Post Traumatic Growth (PTG)
  46. I'm sorry


LIVING WITH BREAST CANCER EFFECTS 


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




  1. What advice would you give to someone newly diagnosed?
  2. Early diagnosis and quality of treatment
  3. Chemotherapy and tips
  4. Breast Cancer Nurses make all the difference
  5. The art of healing explained
  6. The healing power of our Pets!!
  7. Collateral damage of COVID19 on treatment and support
  8. Cognitive enhancement
  9. Anti-depressants: To take or not to take?
  10. The power of Art therapy
  11. Dance like no-one is watching
  12. Mindfulness: It's benefits and drawbacks
  13. Complementary therapies and resilience
  14. The lack of psychological support
  15. The value of mutual support
  16. More on diet and breast cancer
  17. Exercise and breast cancer
  18. Anti-Depression Use
  19. Chemo Brain 1
  20. Chemo Brain 2
  21. Chemo Brain 3
  22. Chemo Brain 4
  23. Chemo Brain Top Trumps
  24. Diet
  25. Supplements?
  26. Practical Information and Support
  27. Radiotherapy - tips and more
  28. Support Groups and Organisations
  29. Tamoxifen
  30. Hormone treatment brands

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