Friday Round Up
Time 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.
Yesterday was Metastatic Breast Cancer Day and to mark the day, some great posts by The Cancer Culture Chronicles, Beth Gainer, Chemobabe and Katherine O’Brien. Both The Pink Underbelly and Nancy’s Point share poignant memories and family snaps of their beloved mothers who died from cancer, and their posts and Bringing Up Goliath’s “Surrounded” were incredibly powerful in bringing the topic of MBC into stark relief.
A compassionate and practical post by Britta Aragon this week on the subject of dealing with the death of a loved one. (Don’t forget to check out Britta’s interview on JBBC and enter our competition to win a copy of her latest book).
I always enjoy the Feisty Blue Gecko’s accounts of life in Yangon and this week, as she flies to Bangkok for her annual check up, she is reflecting on stormy skies. Meanwhile, in a thoughtful post, Katy has been writing of the inconsistency of our actions this week in One Wild Ride.
A useful post from Brenda for those of us who have been diagnosed with ER+ breast cancer on the dos and don’ts of estrogen avoidance and Jan has been raising awareness of the pernicious side effect of cancer treatment – lymphdema.
Catherine is talking about nipples – the narrative kind – as she launches her new project (watch out for Catherine’s guest post next week on JBBC when she will explain more about what it’s all about).
Debbie is continuing her series of tips and advice at Where We Go Now for decorating your survivor’s nest.
In a post which I know many of you will identify with, Lauren is discussing cancer fatigue, not the physical kind, but the “I am sick of thinking and talking and being surrounded by cancer” kind and both Sarah of The Breast Cancer Lottery and Anne Marie’s latest post at ChemoBrain bears out the truth also of what Lauren writes – there is just no escaping cancer’s claws once it gets a hook on you.
I am in total agreement with Jackie this week as she celebrates the kindness of strangers; something I can also readily testify to.
Gayle Sulik, author of the seminal work on the whole issue, Pink Ribbon Blues, will be blogging 30 Days of Breast Cancer Awareness this week she shares with us the reasons why she is so passionate about her subject.
Terri’s post on serendipity and her amazing encounter with Brene Brown really blew me away this week. You just gotta read her story about learning to trust your intuition and follow your gut at A Fresh Chapter.
Finally, a post by Renn, who is celebrating the removal of her surgery drains and making it home this past week. The last line of her post resonated with me hugely when I read it – making me think about the small victories, the small triumphs, yes, the little things in life, that despite what else may be going on, are always worth celebrating.
…I’m home, and I’m free (though not home free). I’m latching onto this slice of freedom and not letting go.
May you all find your own slice of freedom to latch onto this week and when you find it, hold on tight!
Thank you, Marie, for including Bringing Up Goliath. I’m looking forward to catching up on the posts I might have missed. Thank you for this great round up!
Such a powerful post from you this week Stacey – a pleasure to include it. Have a great weekend x
As always, I’m grateful for the round-up, and so honored to be included among these amazing women. Can’t wait to read everyone’s posts.
Your post moved me so much this week Nancy x
Thank you, Marie, for sharing the Pink Ribbon Blues 30 Days of Awareness. We’re almost at the midpoint of October, and I’ve been so heartened to see how people are focusing on the realities of breast cancer culture and industry that are too often buried beneath a sea of pink. — Gayle Sulik
Thank you Marie, I’m back on the tread mill of tests next week .. I have found a lump and they want me to have an ultra sound. Had bloods taken today so I have my fingers crossed that it is nothing but a lymph node playing the arse. Like you said once cancer sinks it’s claws in there is no escape only being pro active is our only hope.
Sarah M xx
Oh Sarah, I am so sorry to hear this and will be keeping fingers and toes crossed for a good outcome for your tests x
Thank you, Marie. Soon I will be out of a job so I will have more time to read all these wonderful blog posts. I so look forward to your list every week. And thanks for including mine. I’m hopeful that our trip to D.C. next month about an important lymphedema bill will be successful.
Thank you again, Marie. I am so proud and honored to be among this stellar group of women. Have a wonderful weekend!
I am new to this blog, and love the Friday round up, am looking forward to catching up on what I missed! Thanks for simplifying in a complicated world!
Thanks for dropping by Heather – it’s wonderful to have a new voice here 🙂
That list of ER fighting actions from Brenda is print-out & stick-up worthy. Thanks for sharing, and thank you so much for including me in this week’s round up. Yes, the nipples are talking. 😉
Marie, as always, another fantastic job sifting through the mighty world of BC bloggers! You always point us in the right direction. I am grateful to have been included.
Hi Renn, hope the recovery is going well for you x
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is crazy for me. I’ve been sidetracked this week, so thank you for this great list of blogs I want to check out, and thank you for including me.
I hear you sista! Thanks for dropping by x
Thank you for taking the time to do your Friday round up. I’ve found many new friends because of your efforts! Once again, I am positively humbled and honored to be included in such a talented group of women. And, I too am a bit crazed with “awareness” and I’m doing it MY way. I spoke to at least 300 women (and a couple of men) at the Avon Walk Pre-Event in NYC and many (most? ALL?) raised eyebrows and rolled eyes when discussing awareness=get a mammogram…… Shifting awareness so things can change for anyone with advanced disease. Ya know what, I hate repackaging this… so, Let Me Rephrase…. shifting awareness so things can change for those whose cancer spread to other organs. We need to fix them. And we need to prevent this for the sake of our kids. Another great round up and another big thank you!
Anne Marie, I am so happy that you have found new friends through the round up – we all have a unique voice and perspective and our community is enriched when we bring all those voices together x
Thank you, Marie, for including my post about my loss of a good friend to metastatic breast cancer. It means a lot to me that you shared this.
Thank you for doing the weekly round up
I love it…As I sometimes get behind…and it takes me right to the posts I know are good reading 🙂
Havent been around for a couple weeks…Was real sick my first chemo..then ended up in the hospital with a slight case of pneumonia. So I am just getting to catching up with my bloggie friends.
Thanks so much for your encouraging comment Debbi 🙂 Make it all worth while when I read comments like yours!
Interesting roundup. Thanks! Also, I’m visiting to alert you to an article I wrote for the member magazine of the AOCS, an international scientific association for those in the fats and oils industries/research community. It’s on soy and breast cancer…a question I needed to settle for myself after my diagnosis in January 2011. We’ve made the article available free of charge, complete with hyperlinks to abstracts of all cited studies. It’s at http://www.aocs.org/soy. Why reinvent the research wheel when I’ve already been through it all?
Hi thanks for the comment and the link Catherine
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