Weekly Round-Up

girl_with_lassoTime for this week’s round-up of the best of the blogs which I’ve read over the past week. These are the posts that have moved me, taught me something, inspired me, and which I’ve wanted to share with you. Remember, if you have written or read a post recently which you would like me to share with readers, then please leave a comment below.

Nancy’s post on being blindsided by grief missing her Mom was almost too painful for me to read, so raw and real is its depiction of heartbreaking loss. I was also deeply saddened to read Tami’s moving post on the nature of grief as she comes to terms with the death this week of her brother Mitch.

I’ve been reading and reflecting a lot on grief for the past few months and the words of grief therapist, Tabitha Jane, really hit home for me when I read them this week:

When the storm of grief hits us, all we can do at first is batten down the hatches and do what we must to survive the initial assault. The storm affects us all differently. Some of us may be completely uprooted and need to start our lives again from scratch. Others may emerge battered and broken but still intact. While some of us may have actually danced in the storm, bending and flexing ourselves to its demands.

One of the techniques employed by Tabitha is a Tree of Transformation for Grief and Loss and you can read more about it and explore more resources on her website http://www.tabithajayne.com

This week Jackie at Dispatch From Second Base is reflecting on a question which I know many of us think about it – how much are we comfortable with sharing online? What are the things we hold back from sharing and can we share too much of ourselves? I found this theme echoed in Terri’s post The Secrets We Keep, when she reveals her vulnerability on a certain topic as she travels to New Delhi. I love the Brene Brown quote Terri concludes with “what makes us vulnerable also makes us beautiful.”

Catherine is taking us along for the ride on her fertility journey and I am so pleased that she is writing about this important topic in the lives of younger breast cancer survivors.

Another moving powerful remembering of Rachel on Being Sarah’s blog this week.

Last year, I featured a guest post by Irish woman, Maire Garvey, organiser of the annual Dip in the Nip cancer fundraiser. Maire is working hard again this year to raise more money and awareness and I loved the latest post on her blog – the story of Audrey,  a “virgin dipper”.

Florence features a very interesting post by guest blogger Rachel, this week – all about finding the hidden blessings in cancer…or not. This is a controversial topic both on and off line with people taking up very opposing stands on the whole blessing in disguise/cancer is a gift idea, so I agree with what Rachel has to say about it – in the end it’s a personal choice how you choose to view cancer. When so much choice and power is taken away from us with cancer, it is good to know we have still have the power to choose how we view the disease – and I do believe whatever way we do that, so long as it’s right for you personally, is no one’s business but your own.

Another great week of blogging at Where We Go Now, including feathering your survivor’s nest, developing self-confidence and Susan Boyle!

I am in the habit of repeating myself often when it comes to Phillipa but really her blog does feature the most exotic images and locations and I feel as if she takes me along with her on her trip each time I read of her latest travelling exploits. This week she is in Macau.

We dwell a lot on the stresses of the emotional fall out from cancer in the BC blogosphere, but every so often practical issues raise their head, and reading Jan’s latest post on her frustration with insurance underwriting brought a lot of stressful memories back for me too.

Finally, straying from her usual content AnneMarie has been reflecting on the legacy left behind by Marie Colvin, the war reporter killed in Syria this week. I am so glad that she did stray into different territory – though it’s not so different after all – to remind us of the words used by Rosemarie Colvin about her daughter’s legacy

Be passionate and be involved in what you believe in.  And do it as thoroughly and honestly and fearlessly as you can.

Until next week, keep working on your own passion..and compassion, for as Renn so beautifully reminds us “All life is interrelated. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality; tied in a single garment of destiny.”

Love Marie xxx