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. Stress and Breast Cancer
  2. Post-traumatic Growth
  3. Understanding Fear
  4. Crying: It has its benefits
  5. Our emotional experiences post diagnosis
  6. Coping with grief and loss
  7. Girls gotta have fun!
  8. Our top coping strategies
  9. Putting on a brave face?
  10. What makes us feel proud?
  11. Emotion Suppression
  12. Repression (Avoiding)
  13. Understanding Happiness
  14. Finding Happiness in the Little Things
  15. Anxiety
  16. Self-esteem
  17. Depression
  18. Calming Strategies for Anxiety
  19. Crying
  20. Anger
  21. Anger 2
  22. Anger 3
  23. Guilt 1
  24. Guilt 2
  25. Coping with Fear
  26. Coping with Fear 2
  27. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  28. Lack of Psychological Support after Cancer
  29. Survivor's Guilt
  30. Dealing with fear of recurrence
  31. Balancing Positive and Negative Emotions
  32. Turning Down the Volume on Cancer
  33. Stepping stones towards resilience
  34. Building Psychological Well-Being
  35. Grief and Resilience
  36. Can we use adversity to grow in 'positive' ways?
  37. Can we use our vulnerability to become stronger?
  38. Post Traumatic Growth (PTG)
  39. I'm sorry


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

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