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, just leave a comment below.

What makes us brave? The word is bandied about so often and tagged onto cancer that it has almost become trite. The decision by Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old  with incurable brain cancer who recently ended her own life, has been called brave by some. Her very public decision prompts this question from Jen:

And yet, I couldn’t help thinking of all of us who are fighting so hard to stay alive, or participating in clinical trials to further advance research for the next incurable patient who comes along. People lauded Maynard’s choice as “brave,” which left me wondering what that made the rest of us, those of us who dig our heals in until the bitter, ugly end. Those of us suffering through treatment after treatment in the hopes that one might work. Were we not brave?

Because the word brave has become so trite, I hesitate to use it, but yes, when I think of  women like Jen and Jan who is about to undergo targeted radiation for brain metastasis, Tami who has written about the recent progression of disease,   Renee who is experiencing panic attacks, Lisa Adams who has to make some decisions on the next treatment step to take; their courage in the face of pain, uncertainty and fear, brave is the only word I can use.

Nancy  , Ann, and Le Amazzoni Furiosa also writes of not judging Maynard’s decision and perhaps that’s the best lesson we can take from this..for now.

The words we use to describe cancer is also up for discussion by the Cancer Curmudgeon in her latest post Some Word Problems.

Gorgeous piece by Tric on finding peace in solitude and nature.

And while we are on the topic of language, do read Chelsey on the language we speak.

Heidi shares some useful tips to help cancer patients.

Very helpful and informative post on 1 Up On Cancer on juicing.

Helen shares answers about microsurgery for lymphedema on her blog.

Teresa shares her story of cancer survivorship and heart issues.

Laurel is reflecting on body issue images in a post that I can oh-so relate to.

Uzma writes of her belief in love conquering fear.

Dr Elaine Schattner reports on two new studies examine work-related and financial setbacks experienced by cancer survivors.

Yvonne is taking part in a photography assignment on her blog – I love seeing the pictures she has posted so far.

In The Blame GameEileen is striking just the right balance between realism and gratitude this week, while Anne Marie Otis finds laughter among the tears.

Stacey shares a video reminder of how beneficial it can be to our mental health to connect with and be mindful of the simple pleasures in life.

Audrey has written a post about people-powered health reform.

Barbara tackles the topic of dating after breast cancer. Sometimes we wonder if anyone will ever love our changed appearance again – and if that is a question you have faced, then please read Tom‘s latest post on finding love with facial disfigurement.

Lisa shares some great images of scarf tying.

Neuropathy, nerve damange, PTSD – just some of the legacies of cancer reported on this week by The Pink Underbelly.

A great reminder from Knot Tellling that sometimes you have to step back from all the crazy and take care of yourself.

Roasted grapes and pears are on the Pink Kitchen Thanksgiving menu.

An incredibly moving and beautiful poem by Anna on the connections we form in our  BC communities and the pain when we loose someone.

A warm welcome back to the blogosphere to Jody.

Finally this week it’s the turn of Elizabeth to feature in my “I-don’t-know-how-to-categorize-it” spot with her latest post, A Dirty Slate. It’s about identity, adolescence and infinite possibility – and it’s a cracking good read. As a companion piece, read Katy’s post on Adulthood.


Until next week,

Yours with love

Marie xxx