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. 

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!


Marie xxx