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. Remember, if you have written or read a post recently which you would like me to share with readers, then leave a comment below.
Brenda Coffee reported back this week from the San Antonio Breast Cancer Conference, where she met and chatted with Elizabeth Edwards’ oncologist.
Susan McClure writes about what it is like to be diagnosed with a second cancer. Initially she calls her DCIS diagnosis “a baby cancer” but concludes “There’s no such thing as “baby” cancer. A second diagnosis, no matter how early the stage, is just as emotionally draining as the first one. Maybe that’s why it’s so hard to talk about.”
In My Mother, My Daughter, Myself, Kathy McClure is reflecting on her daughter’s risk of getting breast cancer: ” I know that young women are still at much lower risk for breast cancer, but that does little to lessen my concern.”
A very interesting debate initiated by Alicia Staley on how funds donated to large cancer charities, (specifically the Susan G Komen Foundation) are being used.
I love the LBBC blog post on communicating with friends when you have been diagnosed with cancer. It is written by Glynis Rhodes, writer of What Every Friend Should Know, a brochure that highlights effective dialogue when discussing cancer.
Former guest blogger Therese Borchard and a writer I admire so much for how she shines a light on the darkness of depression has been giving advice this week on ways in which to deal with depression before the holidays.
Finally, an interesting post on Inside the Brain on the neurobiology of depression and ways in which we can “vaccinate” ourselves against depression (confession time – this is my husband’s new blog, but I’m not biased (much!) it has some interesting insights for anyone interested in the workings of the brain).
Have a great week-end everyone!
Excellent article from Brian. Years ago a small study was taken of long term heroin users. It suggested that some long term users became UNABLE to produce their own natural “anti-depressants”.
Depression often accompanies a serious illness and major holidays, birthdays, anniversaries can compound our feelings of loss and sadness. So glad you focused on these two blogs as I was working on one about depression, myself.
The blog on My mother, my daughter, myself led me to several wonderful Cure posts about the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, which was hard to understand, even for seasoned cancer researchers I spoke with who were there. I may attend one of the future LEAD sessions, which are designed to give patient advocates some tools to help us better understand rapid-fire technical papers.
By the way, I love your Friday Round-Up because it always exposes me to other advocates and points of view.
Thanks so much,
Yes it is true – in the sense that natural antidepressants are the monoamine neurtransmitters and any addictive drug including heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, etc., will deplete the levels of these ‘feel good’ transmitters to the extent that addict is prone to depression….i.e. low monoamine levels …particularly when trying to kick the habit.
Well done on your weekly round up post. When there are so many blogs to catch up – it is great to get a digested read like this at the end of the week. Keep up the great work!
Im a 39 year old with breast Cancer. My blog is a journal Of sorts as i share My jpurney. Im learning to trust God moré and live Fearless. Love you site and blog.