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.

I want to start off by introducing a new blog to the round-up this week The Cancer Curmudgeon who describes her blog as follows:

My reactions will not always be positive and upbeat, I mean hey, I call myself the Cancer Curmudgeon. That does not mean I am not grateful—because I AM VERY grateful for staying alive during cancer, for the drugs (made possible by research dollars from the pink ribbon behemoth) and health care team that keep me that way, and all the support I got and still get. But I do not think being grateful means that I, or anyone, should stop asking for improvements in cancer care and prevention. I demand of science more concrete cancer prevention methods than the “eat right, exercise, don’t drink or smoke” mantra that also helps prevent practically every damn human disease.

When I read Anne Marie’s latest post, FACEBOOK & GOOGLE & YURI–OH MY !! I found myself nodding vigorously in agreement.  I share her sense of excitement at the future of healthcare that open collaboration between scientists, patients, tech and medicine is making possible. It is a revolution folks and as Anne Marie says, it is time to get on board!

Andrew also writes about the new advances in cancer research in his own round-up of news this week. I also want to take another opportunity to thank Andrew for his contributions to the discussions on my blog this week. I really appreciate his sharing a male perspective on what is a very female dominated forum – thanks Andrew!

More vigorous head-nodding when I read The Sarcastic Boob’s latest post on survivorship. As you know this is an area I feel really passionate about and reading Scorchy’s blog confirmed for me yet again that our cancer treatment should cover all aspects of cancer survivorship from the day of diagnosis –  that includes psycho-social issues, longer term chronic conditions and issues such as fatigue, pain, etc. It is not just about treating the cancer as a disease, it really should be about treating the person as a whole and being prepared for each stage of the cancer journey (however long that may be).

Eileen takes up this theme with a must read for anyone who is looking for ways to navigate the post-treatment period – her plan for healing includes sleep, juicing, exercise..and cocooning.

Meanwhile Jody Schoger writes about another aspect of the cancer experience – the effect it has on our close relationships.

There is a lot of talk in the cancer world about survivorship plans for patients. What I really need is a survivorship plan for my marriage.

And Emma is asking how we deal with others’ expectations during and after cancer treatment.

Some of you are aware that I had the great pleasure of attending a cancer survivorship conference last month and during a tweet chat, Jenn learned about the Living Well After Cancer programme and so this week she is writing about her first session at the programme and it has brought up some interesting points about not fitting in.

I find this a lot in the breastcancer “real world” as well as in the online community. Women, like me, in their 40′s, are stuck in the middle. Even the research studies tend to be looking at either “post-menopausal women over 50″ (not me) or “young women under 40″ (not me either). Very disheartening when the research community also seems hard-pressed to figure out where I fit!

Nancy has been reflecting on time and writing about her mother’s death. This struck such a deep note of longing in my own heart  thinking of my own Mom and how much I wish I could go back in time and spend one more ordinary day with her. But I don’t think just one day would satisfy me. When it comes to wishing for time with my mother, there are no limits.

Once again this week Yvonne has been writing up a storm from childhood memories of mobile libraries to the role of women in society covering the time from Edna St Vincent Mallas’  “scandalous” behavior to Kathryn Bigelow and the Oscars.

Elsewhere in the blogopshere….

Lois continues with her decluttering and unearths an old poem this week.

Debbie ponders the unknown.

Philippa’s trusted camera has broken but it is more than a broken camera that she is reflecting on this week.

Elaine continues with her haiku a day challenge.

Kim is asking for prayers for some friends.

Exciting times for Audrey as she launches her new website.

Yvonne is showing off an adorable new addition to her family.

The Pink Underbelly is celebrating National Pig Day with her beloved Piper.

A delightful story from Beth with a deeper lesson hidden in it that many of us could learn from.

And finally this week, we welcome back Jan to the blogosphere. We have missed Jan’s voice in the blogosphere, but true to her loving and generous self, Jan has kept up to date with our own blogs and commented regularly. The comments welcoming Jan back to the blogosphere reflect just how much Jan is loved as a member of our community. Audrey’s comment summed up how many of us feel about you Jan and I want to close out this week’s bumper round-up with those words:

Dear Jan,
So lovely to hear from you again and know you are feeling able to engage in this way. Very hard however to hear what you have been dealing with. My heart is sore for you. Clearly you are in good hands and have good people around you. Please know I am sending love and best wishes across the blogosphere and that community’s collective will is holding you close.

Until next week.

Yours with love

Marie xxx