Weekly Round Up: The Spring 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.

Spring is in the air at last. Audrey’s blog celebrates the first crocus of Spring, Diane displays some beautiful tulips and Dee shares some stunning images of the Irish spring-time. Meanwhile a different shift in the seasons in Myanmar via Philippa’s blog.

Last week I gave readers a writing prompt based on the word Querencia, meaning a place from which one’s strength is drawn, where one feels at home; the place where you are your most authentic self. I was so pleased to see that Catherine developed this into a terrific post for  her Facing Cancer blog. And Catherine is on a roll with her writing this week – check out her latest BlogHer post on 25 reasons to love the Internet.

Is cancer a gift? This question divides the cancer community into two distinct camps. This week Gai offers her perspective. And if you haven’t already done so, check out Gai’s free book on cancer survivorship and download your copy here.

An update from Scorchy and a plea to stand with her in her bid to educate more people on the realities of metastatic breast cancer. Beth has chosen to take a stand and she writes about it on her blog and Knot Telling wants to bring more awareness to male breast cancer  and has a special request on the occasion of her birthday.

Terri’s group of adventurers have just completed their placement on her Fresh Chapters Alliance program, and it’s an opportunity for Terri to reflect on the healing power of travel.

Happy Anniversary to Elizabeth who celebrated 24 years of marriage last week – wishing you and John many more happy years together.

I was delighted to read an interview on the Inspire website with Dr Don Dizon, a medical oncologist, who is active in the social media space and will be well-known to some of you.

Tami is celebrating some good news on her blog this week.

Jennifer‘s adorable little boy turned three last week, and she has written the most beautiful letter to him to celebrate.

There’s a book review and giveaway on Nancy’s blog.

Hopefully some good news for you if you have postmastectomy neuropathic pain –  research on an injection that can be administered.

Helen is sharing her progress after a lymph node transplant and it’s an important read for those considering the surgery.

Another important read on lymphedema on Jan’s blog.

A shout-out to Jessica who introduced me to her blog last week. It is written from the perspective of a daughter who lost her mother to metastatic breast cancer.

 Lori shares a wonderful post on the mythologizing of cancer patients; a theme echoed in a recent post on Stef’s City Girl blog.

Finally this week, I leave you with a quote from Debbie‘s blog from the wonderful Gilda Radner:

“Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what is going to happen next.” Gilda Radner 

Until next week.

Yours with love

Marie xxx