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, please do leave a link to it in the comments below.  

Breast cancer screening is a hot topic right now, and it can be a confusing one to follow with so much conflicting evidence being reported. Dr. Elaine Schattner shares her thoughts on the mammography debate.

What happens when your beloved pet gets cancer? Read this post on the Searching For EMWA blog.

I really appreciate Justine’s latest post on having faith and believing in something; she makes it clear it is a path we have to find for ourselves. I am still trying to find my way on that path, and her post has given me pause for thought on the way. Someone who has found her way on that path is Stephanie who writes about it in her latest post.

If you read Elizabeth’s blog regularly you will notice a change; she has taken the decision to password protect some of her posts. This is a result of some nasty comments attacking a member of her family whom she had written about. We so often point to the wonderful power of the supportive community we have found online, but Elizabeth’s experience points sadly to the other darker side of social media.

A tale of two doctors on Beth’s blog. I got really upset and angry reading about her doctor’s crass lack of empathy.

Scorchy has written an illuminating piece for the Breast Cancer Action blog on breast cancer’s inconvenient truth (metastatic breast cancer) and Ismena shares her story of living with the reality of this every day.

A beautiful tribute by Terri to a stunning young woman who was taken from this world too soon.

Proving that  it is never too late to make a change.. and make a difference, Anne Marie rocks a speaking platform.

Check out this book review of Christoper Hitchens’ Mortality on the Breast Cancer Consortium blog.

A powerful post by Alisha Stewart on losing her mother to cancer.

Tami shares her thoughts on reaching milestones.

Ever wondered how to get more followers on your blog? Tric has some answers for you.

A poignant post by Kathleen on beginnings and endings.

Great post by Michelle on throwing away life’s road map and truly living it instead.

Nancy is musing on all things hair related and how of your cancer story you reveal to people.

Also check out Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for advice on coping with hair loss.

A fitting tribute by Audrey to a “feisty and fabulous” woman.

Wonderful to have Eileen back in the blogosphere this week.

Jackie has a reminder for us, that however hard treatment feels right now for those of you are going through it, trust that your body will heal again, and the memories fade with time. She writes: “The great thing about the human body is that it not only has an amazing ability to regenerate and recover, but it also knows how to forget.”

Now read this beautiful reflection on hope by Greg Smith.

A wonderful post by Philippa on how she started her blog and how far her journey has taken her.

Catherine is experimenting with the format of her new blog and sharing memories of virtual chat rooms.

A gorgeously comforting and relaxing post by Debbie on nurturing yourself – and if you want to see Debbie’s advice brought beautifully to life, then Jan’s blog is a must-read this week.

Yvonne Newbold has written an incredible post which captures the fear, the frustration, the anger and the vulnerability that comes with being a patient:

 Having cancer, particularly the incurable variety that I’ve got, inevitably sets you apart from everyone else. It’s so easy to become defined by cancer, to let who you really are to be squashed and crushed by other people’s reactions. I’ve spent the past nearly two years fighting against these stereotypes, and I’ve done it fairly successfully so that people know that the “me” is still alive and kicking and living life to the fullest.

I’d like to end this week, with the closing lines of a poem by Dr Snit, shared (and partly inspired) by Knot Telling.

Life. Love. Birth. Death. Loss. Connection. Sharing. In the
end each person makes a connection.
Each person matters. They matter to me.
People keep dying.
And they keep being born.
Life changes. It changes us.
It matters.
We matter.
You matter.

Until next week.

Yours with love

Marie xxx