Welcome to the first round-up of a New Year. So what has the blogosphere been writing about this past week?
Philippa from Feisty Blue Gecko has been writing about that fear of recurrence with every twinge, ache and pain we experience. She captures the fear, the uncertainty and anxiety so well in her latest post, Fear Factor.
Another blogger in the post-treatment phase is Chemobabe and she has been writing this week about that phase of survivorship when treatment is finished, which brings up some many emotional and psychological issues for us.
And then there’s Katie of Uneasy Pink who is also reflecting on the occasion of her 2 year, 4 month check-up.
Take time to check out Jody Schoger’s Top Ten Cancer Stories of 2010 – a very enlightening and informative read.
In A Year Ago Today, Kate has been remembering her grandma who died a year ago this week. It is a beautifully moving post.
Finally, please hold Brenda in your hearts and prayers. Some of you will be familiar with Brenda from her regular comments on the JBBC blog and from her blog Breast Cancer Sisterhood. Brenda lost her beloved husband the day after Christmas and as you can imagine it is a dreadfully hard time for her.
What a great round- up of posts – thanks for introducing us to some new bloggers.
I am so sorry to hear about Brenda’s loss – my thoughts go out to her
It is great to know that we are not alone in our journey – reading the blogs above, it struck me how helpful it is to know that we can reach out to others who understand what we are going through.
What a great line up of posts – am looking forward to reading them later when I have more time.
You are so sweet! I have to confess, it was actually TWO years ago this week.
I found myself emotional and speechless this year, so I referred people to the above-mentioned post and to the second part, which I wrote on the anniversary of the night she died: Sleeping with the Diamonds On.
I will say this. I promised my Grandma she would not be alone, and circumstances were such, that even though the timing of her death was fast and unexpected at that point (the metastasis was horrifically quick and merciless), she was able to die at home. But my hope – my fervent hope – is that even though the conditions of her death were better than many, I hope there is a time when no one – NO ONE – will ever be in the position to declare the time of death of a loved one by themselves. And when I say that I mean that my beloved Grandmother should have been with us for twenty more years.
I suppose that is why we fight.
Kate, thank you for the clarification and again I am very, very moved by your writing.
Thank you for asking your community of readers, and our mutual community of survivors, to lift me up in prayer. Who would have thought a community of “strangers” could become such an integral part of our lives? We are, indeed, a special group. Thank you all, my friends.
This is rough and as you know, grief is not a linear thing so while today I’m doing OK, I fear I have the worst ahead of me. I pray this will be one more survivorship lesson that we can all take away something positive.
Much love & gratitude,