Friday Round-Up

girl_with_lassoTime for the weekly round-up of blogs.  These are the posts that have moved me, taught me something, inspired me, and which I’ve wanted to share with you. Just click on the highlighted links to read the posts. Don’t forget if you have written a post which you would like readers to see,  just leave a comment below.

I am starting off this week’s round-up with a birthday shout-out to the gorgeous Rachel, who celebrated her 41st birthday this week.

Cinco Vidas has a very helpful guide to foods that act as natural antibiotics this week, and lucky for me they are all foods that I like and use regularly in my cooking.

Kathi has been delving in behind the headlines on Tamoxifen and doing some breath-taking analysis of the stats – check out her post Tamoxifen Efficacy Revisited: Behind the Hype.

Brenda has entered the pink fray with a terrific analysis of how the breast cancer community  is changing the conversation online and demanding change and accountability – the very theme taken up by Chemobabe this week.

In a post that will resonate with many of you, Beth is writing this week about the psychological aftermath of cancer treatment  – a theme echoed by Nancy in her latest post My Cancer Resume.

Jackie, like myself this week, has been reflecting on how cancer doesn’t just affect the individual, but is a family affair.

In One Wild Ride, Katy has been training horse to be used for a therapy program, and it has led her to ask a question we could all do with asking ourselves from time to time. “How is it I can give such a providential amount of grace and patience to an animal, and yet not myself? How is it that I can allow for her mistakes but not mine?”

Terri has had some good news and is in the mood for celebrating her life – why not celebrate with her at A Fresh Chapter.

Finally, to two of the most moving posts for me this week, the first of which was written by Sarah Mendoza, a past guest author on JBBC. In Beauty Vs The Beast, Sarah, with heartbreaking honesty, writes about her life long struggle with body image and the true nature of beauty.

The second post to move me deeply this week was written by Tami Boehmer, who, living with advanced cancer, nevertheless, sees this as no barrier to imagining a long and happy future with her husband and daughter.

Will I achieve these dreams? Who knows? But I have a right to have them. God does not put expiration dates on people. I’m certainly not going to let anyone else do that for me. I encourage all of you to envision your future. Statistics are just numbers; don’t let anyone put a period where there should be a question mark.

Tami’s post reminds me of the fact that we all shall die, but not all of us will have lived. And in the spirit of Tami’s latest post, let me leave you with these words:

I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it.  I want to have lived the width of it as well.  ~Diane Ackerman

Go live the full length and breadth of your lives this weekend xxx