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



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


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

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