Weekly Round Up: The Pay It Forward 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. 

Our lovely friend Karen inspired  us to join her in paying it forward in memory of her husband, Hugh. Elizabeth has taken this on lovingly and thoughtfully in her blog this week. There’s still time to pay it forward (there’s always time to pay it forward!) but if you are wondering how to take part, why not commit to commenting on some of these blogs today. We all love to read comments and know that our writing touches someone – it’s the spirit in which I set up the weekly round-up to acknowledge your efforts each week, even if comments are thin on the ground. And it would be a fitting tribute, not just to Hugh, but to Karen, who is a blog commentator par excellence.

Philippa is paying it forward by highlighting Mesothelioma, a complex cancer distinguished primarily by three factors: rarity, cause and aggressiveness, for Mesothelioma Awareness Day.

Ann showcases the requests she gets to promote pink in her annual hall of shame – this time focusing on a request to promote alcohol, a known link to breast cancer – for a similar theme read the Cancer Curmudgeon. Meanwhile Beth  tackles Pinktober and makes the telling point that awareness is not education, a point also echoed in Britt’s latest post.  Jodie lays out the “True October” facts for us, and Scorchy writes an open letter to Joan Lunden, urging her to “swim against the tide that will always pink wash this disease”.

Kate writes about the revolving cancer door in a post that will resonate with many of us, while Mandi writes of our old foe scanxiety and Uzma captures the anxiety in a brilliant poem.

Elsewhere in the blogosphere….

My Jewish friends are celebrating Rosh Hashannah this week and in the spirit of this holy season, Sara has a beautiful reflection on new beginnings.

Amy is honors the memory of her grandmother.

Healing thoughts go out to dear Jen as she recovers from her latest chemo round.

I found myself nodding a vigorous yes! at this great post on The Risky Body blog on the unspoken imperative to be pretty during treatment.

How do you bridge the gap between treatment and what comes next? Gai has some great advice this week.

So proud of Nancy who will be speaking at the Living Beyond Breast Cancer Fall conference this year.

For anyone who struggles with the insensitive, albeit well-meaning, things people say when it comes to infertility, read Justine’s post.

Margaret provides advice on dealing with the side effects of Tamoxifen.

How much is cancer connected to glucose and microenvironments? Read Medivizor to find out.

What will cancer genome sequencing mean for us? Dr Elaine Schattner probes the question in her latest Forbes article.

A nice reminder by Susanne on learning on accept help.

Was it worth it? Anne Marie answers the question in relation to her recent reconstruction.

A gorgeous reflection by Knot Telling on the true nature of beauty.

Flo has challenged herself to eat five superfoods in five weeks – see how she is getting on with the challenge.

Le Amazzoni Furiosa weighs in on the mammography debate.

Profile of a woman dying of breast cancer – a powerful read on Living Life Furiously.

A terrific post by Eileen taking a closer look at the exhortation to be positive through cancer.

Helen is supporting lymphoedema awareness week.

Catherine tackles the “lost their battle” and other irksome terms in her latest blog post.

An enjoyable post by Victoria on the trials of being a better reader.

Instructions for a body scan relaxation exercise at Beauty Despite Cancer.

Jackie is adapting to life after cancer treatment.

Jamie discusses phantom pain after a mastectomy.

Big shout-out and well done to Rebecca and Sarah who completed a 5K run for two breast cancer charities.

Yvonne shares information on breast cancer and exercise.

A fascinating look by Lisa Skelding at attitudes to cancer around the world, and the sociocultural factors that impact sexuality after cancer.

Finally this week, the trauma and pain of losing her mother to breast cancer is palpable in Jessica’s latest post. Please pay it forward by reading and commenting on Jessica’s blog in support of a courageously honest piece of writing.

Until next week,

DO remember to pay it forward.

Yours with love

Marie xxx