Weekly Round Up – The Changing Season 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.

Fall or Autumn, whichever name you call it by – this time of year can be a sad time for some as the leaves fall from the trees, and the long summer days come to an end and we start to prepare for the dark days of winter.  I was diagnosed with breast cancer 9 years ago (I can’t believe it is 9 years!) this very week,  so Autumn is a poignant time for me, even more so since it is coming up to two years since my beloved mother died.  But, for others it is filled with happier associations. Pam Ressler writes ” For me the shift from summer to autumn has always been one of eager anticipation for a new year, filled with new challenges, ideas and opportunities.”  It is also a reflective time of year and Pam challenges us to resist the urge to do, but rather let’s just be with nature this autumn.  Similarly Lori reminds us that we can get so (understandably) caught up in the big things in life, we can forget to marvel at the small miracles of nature and so this week she took the time to shift some focus to the harvest moon.

Far from her native Scotland, a different kind of changing season faces Philippa in Myanmar. Apart from her incredible photographic skills, Philippa is a beautiful writer, which is why I love her blog so much. This week she shares wonderful images of the rainy season and a beautiful analogy.

This time of year also heralds the advent of “Pinktober” – a hotly debated topic each year in the blogosphere. Pam Stephan urges us to “think before we pink”, and Anne Marie strongly suggests we change the emphasis from awareness to action and education. The Knot Telling blog is reclaiming Pinktober with an invitation to share you story of metastatic breast cancer during the month of October. And one of the most poignant things I read on the theme has been written by Kathi in a post entitiled “Fifty Shades of Pink And Still No Cure”.

One of the most heart-rending blog tasks I’ve had to do this past week is to re-categorize a few of the links on my blogroll, to reflect the fact that the women who write them have been diagnosed with mets since I first connected with them in the blogosphere. That stopped me in my tracks. And my list of bloggers with mets keeps getting longer.

More stimulating topics for debate abound this week in the blogosphere.  Nancy asks the question “Have you ever felt as if you’re supposed to keep quiet and just be grateful for being alive?”  As a companion piece to Nancy’s post, read  “Secrets and Lies” – Beth’s superb writing on cancer stigma and Eileen on “I survived cancer – now what?” And Chris ponders on the “right” amount of information to give a cancer patient; while Carolyn asks if you need a translator for medical jargon.

A new blog discovery this week – Nicole’s Beachcombing Adventures Through Life..and Breast Cancer. Check out her latest post on chemobrain.

Elizabeth  and Laura have both written movingly about experiencing  “scanxiety”and the emotions it triggers – something so many of us identify with. And anxiety joins a list of cancer characters at The Pink Underbelly blog this week alongside our old friends hot flashes, irritability, mental fogginess and fatigue. As Scorchy writes in her latest blog…

Cancer just complicates everything. If you’re ahead of it you worry about being behind it. If you’re behind it you desperately push to get in front of it.

I always like to round up the round-up  with a quote and so I leave you with a quote from Marcus Aurelius via The Sarcastic Boob.

You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.

Until next week.. wishing you all strength and healing.

Yours with love

Marie xxx