Weekly Round Up: The Let’s Talk About Sex 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 talk about sex..what Catherine once called “the pink elephant in the room” is under discussion in the blogosphere this week. Anne Marie’s Share Those Moments project continues to gather pace and Catherine shares some of her personal experience. Elizabeth reminds us that “here’s a lot more to sex than the act itself” and shares some guidelines for creating trust and intimacy – the bedrock of a good marriage and a good sex life. Check out Beverly Mc Kee’s comprehensive post on intimacy after breast cancer and you will find excellent resources at M.D. Anderson’s Dr Leslie Schover’s new blog dedicated to sexual health and cancer.

How we feel about our bodies is intimately tied up with sex and perhaps our first step in reclaiming sexuality in our lives after cancer, is to start to learn to love and accept our bodies again. Debbie shares a poem she wrote on making peace with her post-cancer body, which makes a good starting point.

Sex after cancer is an issue that is true for all age groups, but the issue of fertility is one that often causes added complications for younger women. In a two-part post, Rachel has some good advice on fertility preservation before cancer treatment begins and links to some financing ideas for the expensive procedures this entails.

Financing is another pink elephant in the room, Scorchy wrote about this topic recently, and Jan recounts how “both the oncologists with whom I have interacted did not discuss my finances. The one who delivered the unwanted diagnosis told me if he had the resources, he would choose to drive the 430 miles round trip to get cutting-edge treatment at a leading hospital. He did not ask me if my insurance would cover that hospital or if I had resources to travel that far and that frequently. But he did give me the option of getting standard-of-care treatment at a local hospital.”

Elsewhere in the blogosphere..

Do you understand the differences between palliative care and hospice care? Nancy guides you to a better understanding.

Our thoughts still with Yvonne as she navigates widowhood.

Noboobsaboutit shares the experience of Vincent Moltisanti with a  post-treatment side effect that nearly cost him his life and encourages  those of us who have undergone a breast cancer treatment, known to cause heart damage, to have checkups that include seeing a heart doctor on a regular basis.

Check out Dr Ann Becker Schutte’s blog summary of the latest MedX hangout on self-care.

Thoughts on blogging and cancer on the cancerfree2b blog.

Terri is off her next big adventure to Africa – please join and support her in whatever way you feel drawn to do.

Great post by Lisa on what being an advocate means to her.

A sobering and insightful post by Eileen on illness in the workplace.

Hair and the lack thereof is the topic of Katy Did Cancer’s blog, while Diane shares a picture of her post chemo hair and asks will I always look like this?

Unseasonable weather and a house update from The Pink Underbelly.

Audrey is celebrating Robbie Burns birthday, Scotland’s national poet.

And finally this week… some good news for chocolate lovers on the Medivizor blog.

Until next week,

Yours with love

Marie xxx