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 with a new blog this week –  This Home Plate: Biking and Baking Beyond Breast Cancer. Alice contacted me to share her story of getting ready to ride in the 3rd Annual Texas Mamma Jamma Ride and to invite readers to read about the first ride she did in 2009  – riding 100 miles on her bike – just 5 months after she finished my chemotherapy. 

Anne Marie is celebrating her two-month blogoversary on Chemobrain and reflecting on her journey so far. If you remember last week, she wrote about Dr Susan Love’s Army of Women and this week it’s the turn of Renn to fly the flag for this wonderful program.

Jackie has written a wonderful guide to breast cancer, and titled it The 10 Commandments of Breast Cancer. As many of the comments on her blog say, this is essential reading and should be handed out to anyone who has been newly diagnosed with breast cancer.

I enjoyed the discussion over at Nancy’s Point this week, prompted by the traditional going back to school time of the year. Another great discussion on Bringing Up Goliath on feeling guilty about slipping back in old unhealthy habits.

I look forward to Debbie’s Mindful Monday posts each Monday and this week it’s all about how cancer has turned a multi-tasker into a mindful meditator. Debbie has also started the first in her series of  her lovely survivor’s nest posts this week.

Thanks to John Novack of Team Inspire for pointing me in the direction of this great post by Linnea Duff, who has Stage IV NSCLC (non-small-cell lung cancer). One important thing illustrated in this post is that real, authentic, therapeutic value is created in patient communities such as we have been lucky to find online.

Brenda is reminding us that men get breast cancer too  and the Feisty Blue Gecko reminds us that sometimes it’s all about perspective.

In a post chock-full of memories, Chemobabe is “filling up on happy” prior to undergoing her surgeries.
A great post by The Pink Underbelly on her feelings post breast reconstruction. As Jan said in her comment, “your post has enlightened me on the patient’s feelings about post-reconstruction surgery”.
I have to keep asking Terri Wingham if she has somehow managed to crawl inside my head, because her recent posts have spoken so directly to me, and this week’s post on dreams, fears and freedom,  is no exception.
Finally, a beautiful tribute from Lauren at After Five Years, to a special man, Jeff, who passed away this week.  Another moving tribute to Ruth James who also passed away this week.
Ruth had fought and raged to make living with cancer just a normal every-day activity; no drama, no tragedy – just something to get on with…Ruth died in the end but the cancer did not win.
Until next week..
Marie xxx