A Note On Perfectionism

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This one goes out to all of my blogging friends who haven’t blogged in a while, particularly those who wait for inspiration (and perfection) to strike. I know what this is like –… Continue reading

How Do You Deal With “Survivor Guilt”?

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“Survivor guilt” is a not uncommon reaction to surviving a traumatic event that others have died in, for example, survivors of combat, terrorist attacks, natural disasters, or air crashes. Survivors feel guilty that… Continue reading

A-Z of Blogging: S is for Scanxiety #AtoZChallenge

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26 posts. 26 days. 26 letters of the alphabet, one blog post beginning with each letter. S is for Scanxiety It may not be officially part of the medical lexicon yet, but “scanxiety”… Continue reading

When Mother’s Day Hurts

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Note: For those expecting the Weekly Blog Round-Up today, I’m traveling to attend a conference and time was against me in putting it together. Normal service will resume next week.  Today is Mother’s… Continue reading

How Mary Oliver Healed My Soul

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We lost one of my most beloved poets yesterday. The incomparable Mary Oliver. Since I first started sharing poems here, she is the poet I return to again and again. Her poems are… 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

Letting Go Of The Myth of Perfectionism

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Now I know I am in danger of generalizing here, but through personal observation,  I have noticed that many cancer survivors are high-achieving, driven, perfectionists with very high expectations of how they should be after their… Continue reading

Weekly Round-Up

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T 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 I’ve wanted to share with you. Don’t forget if you have written a post which you would like readers to see, just […]

Tired of Cancer? It’s Time to Get Un-Tired

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Has cancer made you tired? Want to get un-tired? Then you will want to hear about a new app to help with cancer-related fatigue. It’s called Untire and it is based on many… Continue reading

Thanksgiving Greetings From Ireland

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One of the things I’m most grateful for in my life is that I feel part of a wonderful support community through this blog. While we don’t celebrate the day officially here in… Continue reading

Mindful Monday

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Shedding Our Masks on #WorldMentalHealthDay

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Today is World Mental Health Day, which is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental… Continue reading

On Birthdays and Ageing

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Today is my birthday. I am now of a “certain age”, but like my mother before me, I don’t talk about age.  Anne Lamott is a writer I admire hugely and her quote… Continue reading

What’s The First Thing You Thought About This Morning? #WritingPromp

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If I am encouraging you to take up my weekly writing prompt, I really should be joining you. I need the inspiration too!  The first thing I thought of this morning was the… Continue reading

Nancy’s Summer Blogging Challenge

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If I put this post off any longer I will never get round to it, so here goes! 1.  How long have you been blogging (or reading blogs)? I started my blog in… Continue reading

My Abiding Love of Reading #BookLoversDay

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Today is designated #NationalBookLoversDay.  Are you a book lover? I sure am. I devour books and can’t sleep without first reading a chapter of whichever book I have on the go. I love reading… Continue reading

Coping With Scanxiety: Practical Tips from Cancer Patients

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Thanks to all of you who responded to my call for tips and advice on coping with scanxiety. The article is now published. It may not be officially part of the medical lexicon yet,… Continue reading

#MondayMotivation

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Mindful Monday

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The Real Patient in The Digital World

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I was delighted with the enthusiastic response to the concepts I presented in my talk on the digital patient at the 11th European Breast Cancer Conference (EBCC-11) in Barcelona this week. Though there’s… Continue reading

Happy #InternationalWomensDay

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Each year around the world, International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8. To mark today, I want to give a shout out to all the women who have inspired and continue to inspire me here on Journeying… Continue reading

#MondayMotivation

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Happy Birthday Scorchy: Our hearts break all over again

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This showed up on my Facebook news feed today – I am sure it showed up for many of you too. My heart breaks all over again. How do you feel when you… Continue reading

#MotivationMonday

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Weekly Round-Up: World Cancer Day Edition #CancerRealityCheck

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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 I’ve wanted to share with you. Don’t forget if you have written a post which you would like readers to see, just […]

Poetry Friday

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91 dropped and falling from such heights for so long that maybe I will have enough time to learn flying Vera Pavlova

#MondayMotivation

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Weekly Round-Up: The Gratitude 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 I’ve wanted to share with you. Don’t forget if you have written a post which you would like readers to see, just […]

Weekly Round-Up: Remembering Scorchy

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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 I’ve wanted to share with you. Don’t forget if you have written a post which you would like readers to see, just […]

#WorldKindness Day – Only Kindness Makes Sense

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Today is World Kindness Day. Every day should be filled with kindness of course, but let’s make a special effort today to do a special kindness for someone.  I posted this last year… Continue reading

Weekly Round-Up: #ForBeth

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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 I’ve wanted to share with you. Don’t forget if you have written a post which you would like readers to see, just […]

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

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I stumbled upon this quote today and it really struck a chord with me: I am always at a loss to know how much to believe of my own stories ~ WASHINGTON IRVING But… Continue reading

BECCA: Easing The Loneliness of The Breast Cancer Journey

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I was contacted earlier this year by Breast Cancer Care, a UK-based breast cancer charity who had just launched the test phase of a web-app called BECCA’ (BrEast Cancer Care App).  The app targets… Continue reading

Read A Book Day

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Today is #ReadABookDay! I’d love to learn more about your reading habits. What are you currently reading? What is your favorite book of all time? When I am not getting lost in scandi-noir books, I love… Continue reading

Come Be My Light

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    The following story is adapted from Mother Teresa’s writings, Come Be My Light about her visit to Bourke, a town in the north-west of New South Wales, Australia. We went to the outskirts of… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: Dedicated to Catherine

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I dedicate this week’s poem to the wonderful shining light that was Catherine Brunelle a true-life heroine who knew who she was and the journey she was on. Her journey ended far too early,… Continue reading

#MondayMotivation

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#MondayMotivation

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Poetry Friday

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Breathing Lessons Let it in, let it all in Let it all in to your heart All that is, all that is gift You don’t’ have to take it apart Everything we do… Continue reading

Mindful Monday

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Mindful Monday

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Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning.  You have to love. You have to feel. It… Continue reading

Poetry Friday

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To Say Nothing But Thank You  ​​​​​​​All day I try to say nothing but thank you, ​​​​​​​breathe the syllables in and out with every step I ​​​​​​​take through the rooms of my house… Continue reading

Mindful Monday

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Poetry Friday

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The World Has Need of You everything here seems to need us… —Rilke I can hardly imagine it as I walk to the lighthouse, feeling the ancient prayer of my arms swinging in… Continue reading

Mindful Monday

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Weekly Round-Up

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T 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 I’ve wanted to share with you. Don’t forget if you have written a post which you would like readers to see, just […]

Poetry Friday

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Praying It doesn’t have to be the blue iris, it could be weeds in a vacant lot, or a few small stones; just pay attention, then patch a few words together and don’t… Continue reading

Mindful Monday

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Weekly Round-Up

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T 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 I’ve wanted to share with you. Don’t forget if you have written a post which you would like readers to see, just […]

Poetry Friday

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The Almanac of Last Things From the almanac of last things I choose the spider lily for the grace of its brief blossom, though I myself fear brevity, but I choose The Song… Continue reading