Weekly Round Up

girl_with_lassoTime for this week’s round-up of the best of the blog posts 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. 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 this week with some apologies. Some of your blogs have slipped through the weekly round-up lasso of late. So let me fix that straight away.

The Cancer Curmudgeon has been writing about how cancer changes us (or not) and I was also particularly struck by the image and quote she shared about walking our own journey. It ties in perfectly with a decision Philippa has been writing about and her observation that “everyone has the right to make the decision which is right for them and for that to be respected” is such an important one.

Rachel has a very informative post on exercising through cancer treatment and beyond.

Check out talented artist Sarah’s art project ‘PAINT C  OUT!’

Debbie’s latest post on love and the vastness of cancer really touched me, particularly this Carl Sagan quote:

For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love.

I was reminded of this reading Scorchy’s deeply moving post on the reality of visiting the ER alone and the loneliness of facing cancer without someone by your side.

I hadn’t really considered what alone really meant until I lay there in the ER, pain coming from two locations, the one slowly and consistently taking me over to the point where I could no longer really advocate for myself.   To be able to lean on someone, instead of having to keep it together.  The love that comes through someone just holding your hand. If you have it, never take it for granted.

I hope Scorchy knows the heartfelt love and good wishes that so many of us have for her. If we cannot physically be by her side, and hold her hand through the darkness, let’s do it virtually. Please join me in sending her all our love and support online.

Love is definitely in the air in the blogosphere as both Yvonne and Eileen writes of their love for their daughters.

I know for a fact that Catherine doesn’t take the love she and her husband share and is deeply appreciative of his support while she is undergoing scans and appointments to determine if her cancer has come back. As always, thoughts and love go out to you Catherine.

And what of those who are with someone during illness but that person is not the supportive partner you need? Carolyn has a terrific blog on the subject this week, while the Cancer In My Thirties blog has a very painful first hand report of its reality.

Elsewhere in the blogosphere…

Nancy has some very useful and pertinent advice on making the decision on whether to have genetic testing.

Anne Marie is celebrating a blogoversary – her blog is officially two years old this week.

Victoria writes about the sometimes nasty after effects of cancer treatment and shares what helps her heal.

The urge to write is the subject of the latest post on Telling Knots

The Pink Underbelly is settling into her new home and this week she has found an intriguing to-do list.

I am delighted to see Renn blogging again and her observations about hitting emotional overload will resonate with many of us.

Beth shares an insight into what it is like to worry about ageing parents and offers an insight into the pain of bearing witness to a  father with dementia.

I am really grateful to Elizabeth for writing so honestly about the nature of online relationships and what happens when things go wrong with social media.

While on the other side of the social media coin there are a lot of very positive outcomes and this forms the basis of Susan’s blog this week.

I always appreciate Terri sharing so honestly about the vulnerabilities and the doubts of pursuing your dream – it always inspires me.

Finally I leave you with a beautiful quote from Audrey’s blog to carry us all into another week.

…deep understanding is, I believe, the most precious gift one can give to another. – Carl Rogers

Until next week – let’s practice a little more understanding, tolerance and love.

Yours with much love

Marie xxx