Weekly Round Up- The Good And Sweet Year Edition

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.

Let’s start with Beth this week who writes that:

“A new year has begun, according to Jewish custom. Rosh Hashana – which literally means “head of the year” – has arrived. This is a time for self-reflection and for making peace with ourselves.”

Self-reflection and finding peace are themes also echoed in Philippa’s blog on finding balance – both blogs are must-reads.

How do you deal with cancer? This is the question posed by Chris on his blog this week and his point that we all deal with it in our own ways is a point well made.

We experience many conflicting emotions and reactions to cancer and Debbie has some good advice on learning to express your cancer anger in a healthy way.

Is body image after cancer one of the things you struggle with? Then you must read Elizabeth’s latest post The Skin I’m In.

Worried about recurrence? You are not alone! Read Katie’s latest blog and the latest on the My Cancer Journey blog.

And to flip the question of how you deal with cancer – how do friends deal with your cancer? This is something that Renn has been reflecting on in her latest post on why friendships fade after cancer.

You will find a great analogy of what life post-cancer feels like on the Cancer Curmudgeon blog.

How do you feel when a friend is diagnosed with cancer at the same time as you, but their cancer is metastatic? Guilty? Angry? Helpless? Eileen writes movingly about this experience with her friend Craig.

Wonderful to read on Lisa’s blog how she is starting to feel so much better and moving on with her post-cancer life (if we can ever call it that!).

Both Lisa and Audrey write of their experience of taking the drug Tamoxifen and how it effected them and Audrey writes cogently about her informed decision not to take the drug again when she was diagnosed a second time with cancer.

As the summer winds down to a close, Nancy is taking a vacation.

I am excited for Catherine whose Kickstarter fund for her new book starts next week – let’s give her all the support we can!

Beautiful pictures of Laura’s latest post-chemo hair-cut posted on her blog.

I always struggle to encapsulate Yvonne’s blog in a few words, so all I can do is recommend you go read her latest post which touches on Oprah, a meeting with Anna Deavere Smith and Seamus Heaney’s poetry.

And now the round-up comes full circle as I conclude with a wonderful quote from Lori’s Regrounding blog on her Rosh Hashanah inspired post:

 I walked in as the Rabbi was talking about how we greet one another on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. In Hebrew we say “Shanah tovah u’metukah,” which interestingly doesn’t translate to Happy New Year. Strictly translated it is “Good and sweet year…. So whether you are celebrating today or not, whether it is your holiday or not, and whatever it might be that is filling your days, I wish for you goodness and wholeness in the year ahead, that it lead to a wonderful and full measure of sweetness.

L’shanah tovah u’metukah!

Until next week.

May you be blessed with balance and sweetness and all that is good in your lives.

Yours with love

Marie xxx