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When Mother’s Day Hurts

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Today is Mother’s Day in Ireland and the UK. For the past few years I’ve written about Mother’s Day without my mother, but this year I hesitated to write it. I don’t want to be perennially moaning… Continue reading

Happy International Women’s Day #BeBoldForChange

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Each year around the world, International Women’s Day  is celebrated on March 8. Each year sees a different theme and this year’s is #BeBoldForChange. So to mark today, I want to give a shout out to… Continue reading

A New Update On Our Dear Friend Karen

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Many of you know our dear friend, Karen Sutherland, who has been such a wonderful support to so many of us in the blogosphere over the past few years. Although Karen doesn’t have a… Continue reading

#MondayMotivation

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Weekly Round Up: The Love Conquers Edition

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Time for this week’s round-up of the best of the blog posts which I’ve read over the past week. These are the posts that have moved me, taught me something, inspired me, and which… Continue reading

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Poetry Friday

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Mindful Monday

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Weekly Round Up: The World Cancer Day Edition

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Time for this week’s round-up of the best of the blog posts which I’ve read over the past week. These are the posts that have moved me, taught me something, inspired me, and which… Continue reading

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Monday Motivation

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A Special New Year’s Wish For Friends

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And so, here we are again, on the cusp of a new year, and I have been wondering what to write today. I could wish all of you who have had troubles this… Continue reading

Shedding Light On A Winter Solstice

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There is something very special about today’s date. In the northern hemisphere December 21st is celebrated as the Winter Solstice and I feel drawn today to celebrate its ancient meaning with you. Nowhere… Continue reading

Day 17 #HAWMC Throwback Thursday

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I’ve missed quite a few HAWMC prompts over the past week, but I am jumping back in again today. It’s coming up to the anniversary of my mother’s death this month, and one… Continue reading

Weekly Round Up: World Kindness Day Edition

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Time for this week’s round-up of the best of the blog posts which I’ve read over the past week. These are the posts that have moved me, taught me something, inspired me, and which… Continue reading

Only Kindness Makes Sense #WorldKindnessDay

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 Kindness Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth. What you held in your hand, what you… Continue reading

Day 11 #HAWMC Who’s In Your Top Ten

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So for today’s prompt, there’s no way I could choose a top ten for any of these lists, for then I’d be leaving out too  many people. If you are new to this… Continue reading

Day 10 #HAWMC Does stress cause cancer?

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For today’s prompt, I decided to a random search on the Google search terms here on JBBC. The first one that jumped out on me was this one: Did stress cause my cancer?… Continue reading

Day 2 #HAWMC

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I just left a comment on Audrey’s blog to the effect that the HAWMC challenge is a great opportunity for us to stop and reflect on our blogging and advocacy motivations and activities, so… Continue reading

Day 1 #HAWMC

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I write and speak about many different aspects of health and in many different fora, but my blog goes right back to my first foray into health activism. Here’s the back-story to Journeying Beyond Breast… Continue reading

Watch this video; then tell me what you think #mbctime

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Latest update on our dear friend Karen

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Our dear friend Karen has started treatment, and I know some of you may be wondering how it is going for her. With her permission, I am sharing Karen’s latest email update.  I… Continue reading

Weekly Round Up: Pinktober Is Here

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Time for this week’s round-up of the best of the blog posts which I’ve read over the past week. These are the posts that have moved me, taught me something, inspired me, and which… Continue reading

Making the private public: Why we blog about illness

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I was delighted to take part yesterday in a Virtually Connecting online chat on the topic of why we blog about illness. It was a stimulating and interesting discussion, hosted by Becky Hogue and included… Continue reading

Find My Vein!

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I came across a post on iMedical Apps which reviews  an app that was recently released in the medical section of the Apple App Store called VeinSeek.  The app, reviewed by Iltifat Husain, MD, Assistant Professor… Continue reading

Healing and Cancer

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  Today I found myself being interviewed by Rob Rutledge, MD, a radiation oncologist, who is passionate about empowering people affected by a cancer diagnosis. He is co-founder of the Healing and Cancer Foundation which… Continue reading

Weekly Round Up: In Memory of Jody Schoger

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“No man is an island … any man’s death diminishes me” wrote the poet John Donne back in 1624. I thought of these words when I heard the news of Jody Schoger’s passing on… Continue reading

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Poetic Thoughts On World Poetry Day

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Poetry, the most ancient form of prayer, is a necessary medicine for our times: a companion through difficulty; a guide when we are lost; a salve when we are wounded; and a conduit… Continue reading

Mindful Monday

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Weekly Round Up

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Time for this week’s round-up of the best of the blog posts which I’ve read over the past week. These are the posts that have moved me, taught me something, inspired me, and which… Continue reading

An Irish Blessing For St Patrick’s Day

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In honor of St Patrick’s Day today, I offer all my friends a blessing from the book Anam Cara – Spiritual Wisdom from a Celtic World by the wonderful Irish poet John O’Donohue. Beannacht, which is  the title of… Continue reading

Mindful Monday

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Weekly Round Up

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Time for this week’s round-up of the best of the blog posts which I’ve read over the past week. These are the posts that have moved me, taught me something, inspired me, and which… Continue reading

Poetry Friday

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WAIT Wait, for now. Distrust everything, if you have to. But trust the hours. Haven’t they carried you everywhere, up to now? Personal events will become interesting again. Hair will become interesting. Pain… Continue reading