Knowledge Exchange and Interactive Discussions

Our guided, weekly evening discussions provide a knowledge exchange framework discussing the challenges we face as women living with breast cancer. Where relevant, we refer to research and theory, and engage our members in lively debates and research discussions.

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


Here is a full list of our discussions: #ResilienceDiscussions. Click on each one to take you to the summary.



I Am Not My Cancer

Anger 3


Thoughts and feelings that we are helpless

What lifts our spirits?

Lack of psychological support after diagnosis

Breast Cancer Awareness Month ~ this is what we think and how we feel

Impact on Teenage Children

Sleep Struggles

Loss of a friend or loved one 2

Fashion Tips

Calming Strategies for Anxiety

Taking now the right time to be making changes

Coming Out about Breast Cancer

Postcards from Within

Managing response and attitude

Impact on professional identity and work 

Can breast cancer ever be in the past?


Coping with the heat

The New Normal



Goal Setting

Cancer Anniversaries

Chemo Brain Top Trumps!

Art: Can art offer a pathway to resilience?

Financial Impact of Cancer

Partner's Emotions and Anxieties: How do they cope?

Happiness: What is happiness and how can we find it? 

Chemo Brain 4: The after effects of chemo on the brain

Coping with fatigue: The hidden legacy of breast cancer

Physical activity and its benefits on managing breast cancer side effects

Impact of breast cancer on intimacy and relationships

Radiotherapy: Practical tips and more

Getting practical information and support

Talking to children about breast cancer

Going back to work (2)

"You are what others see in you"

Coping with breast cancer news

Living well after breast cancer diagnosis

Our BRiC private group values and expectations

Loss of peers and friends to breast cancer

Coping with fear

"Be positive"

Hopes and dreams

Impact of breast cancer on sexuality and intimacy

Pinktober - more than just a pink ribbon?

Can we talk about anger?

Body image after breast cancer diagnosis

Stepping stones towards resilience

Back to work

Wide awake club: Insomnia

Introducing ourselves without mentioning cancer

Chemobrain chaos (3)

Our goals and aspirations

Can we use our vulnerability to become stronger

Coping with anger about getting breast cancer

What would you say to yourself in a pre-cancer letter?

Looking for love?

A role for supplements post breast cancer diagnosis?

Getting it right

Survivors guilt

Dealing with fear of recurrence 

Can we use adversity to grow in 'positive' ways?

Dealing with guilt

Intimacy after breast cancer

Breast cancer doesn't define us

Chemobrain (2): Cancer, clumsiness and confusion

Grief and resilience: Experiencing grief in breast cancer

Improving physical health

Support groups and organisations

Turning down the volume on cancer

How does breast cancer impact on prorities and goals

Our favourite things

Impact of breast cancer on our families

Supporting women with secondary breast cancer

Balancing positive and negative emotions

What does it mean to 'survive' breast cancer and be a breast cancer 'survivor'?

What to tell a friend newly diagnosed with breast cancer?

To plan or not to plan?

Finding the new me

Coping with the experience of guilt

The role of Diet


Post-traumatic Growth

Coping with work following a breast cancer diagnosis

Post traumatic stress disorder (and symptoms)

Coping with caring

What do we hope for the new year (2016 discussion)

Finding happiness in the little things

Chemo-brain (1): Cancer, clumsiness and confusion

Impact of breast cancer treatment on self-image

Learning how to live a rich and meaningful life

Talking to children about our breast cancer

Coping with loss of a loved one to cancer

Impact of breast cancer on our partners

Anti-depressant use in cancer

Seeking perfection

Secondary Breast Cancer

How to live with cancer

Repression (or Avoiding)

Emotion suppression