Weekly 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 new blog. Allie Morse was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in February 2011 at the age of 23, and blogs at The Good Hodgkin’s. This week she is talking chemo-brain, which will be familiar to so many of us.

So many of us have been writing this week about the lingering psychological impact of a cancer diagnosis, myself included. The Pink Underbelly finds thoughts of cancer intruding on her vacation,  Jackie  has the same experience while  blackberry picking,  Brenda reflects on how we may need to get out of ourselves every now and then in our post-treatment phase and Lauren has been writing her bucket list.

Katie has been busy this week on Uneasy Pink. She’s been talking poetry, pinktober, and carcinogens.

Another beautiful thought-provoking post from A Fresh Chapter on a lesson from the past and staying present in the now.

Now for a topic that I have never been brave enough to write about, but which I am glad others are more forthcoming about…sex! Specifically what happens to our intimate relationships when cancer strikes our lives. Catherine has written a candid post on sex after cancer and I applaud her honesty in sharing her story about how she got her sex life back on track after cancer.

Another topic, I don’t feel comfortable discussing, but this time because I feel my status as an outsider (living in another country to the majority of my US-based readers) means I don’t feel qualified to comment on the debate raging in some quarters of the blogosphere on holding large cancer charities (and one in particular!) to account. This week it is the turn of Nancy’s Point to, well, make her point on the topic. Do read it when you get a chance.

I really loved the latest post from The Accidental Amazon. Kathi has been musing also on post-cancer feelings, life, art, friendship..and more. Seems Kathi and I share a passion for vintage style and the gorgeous images which she used to enhance her post made reading it even more delightful for me this week.

Do you ever find it difficult to ask for or accept help? If this describes you, then you need to read Tami’s latest post, Help! I need somebody.

A big response to Chemobabe’s post on breast reconstruction.

Jan is still waiting for her test results. It has been such a long wait and as the day draws nearer, I know she is feeling some natural anxiety, so please show your support and encouragement at Mourning Has Broken.

Finally, I am finishing this week’s round-up with a quote from Debbie’s Life Is Bigger Than Cancer Blog. I am excited to see Debbie blogging again and hope to see lots more new blog posts when she finds the time.

Derailed, sent off track and trying to right myself, little things seem big. I look for meaning, try to follow the bread crumbs and read the signs. But in the search I sometimes try too hard. Sometimes a bee sting is just a bee sting and sometimes a feather is just a feather. A spilled drink is just something to clean up, a missed exit is just a little detour. Maybe the meaning in all of this is that sometimes there is no meaning, sometimes things just are. I need to be open, trusting and know that things will reveal themselves, if there is indeed anything to be revealed. In the meantime, breathe, run, smile, laugh, love, live.

Until next week, breathe, run, smile, laugh, love, live and keep on blogging!

Marie x