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.

Grief is part of our journey with cancer, and while not directly cancer related, Leigh’s  beautiful post on learning to grieve struck a chord with me this week; as did Kate‘s latest blog post,  Rachel’s Huffington Post article and Ann Marie on the grief of losing a mother.

Have you heard of #hospitalglam? I hadn’t until I read Michelle’s latest blog post. Here’s her explanation:

For the uninitiated #hospitalglam is the creation of Karolyn Gehrig and can be found on Tumblr, Instagram and Twitter. Gehrig was diagnosed with a form of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and like many of us with chronic illness, is a frequent flyer in the medical system. She wears funky clothes (I have serious dress envy over her pill dress) and poses for the camera in an array of hospital and clinic settings.  Many have followed her example, posting various selfies of their own glammed up medical experiences, adding them to the hashtag.

As with so many things in the world of chronic illness, this practice has divided opinion. I think it’s another fascinating discussion and I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. Do take the time to read Michelle’s excellent post and do let us both know what you think. When you’ve done that, read Caroline’s post on her desire to rebel from the role of a “good patient” (whatever that may mean!).

Elsewhere in the blogosphere….

Debbie has shared her thoughts on coping with the pressure to be over cancer in Cure magazine; Margaret covers a similar theme on her latest blog post and Sharon ponders how to find the balance between hypochondria and legitimate health concerns after cancer.

Reading Jo’s account of all she has been through in the last few months with treatment for secondary cancer, you want to say thank goodness that’s all over with! But, as Jo points out: “This is now my life as a secondary breast cancer patient. Scan, treat, repeat.” For some of us, cancer is never over.

Rosie has been dealing with scanxiety.

Important observations by Ann Silberman on the media portrayal of prophylactic mastectomies.

Thoughtful post by Nancy on the scars – both visible and invisible – that cancer leaves behind.

Jamie Holloway writes of the paradox of being drug free and what that means for her as a triple negative breast cancer patient now that treatment is finished.

Lara in a lovely post writes of her desire to know more about her Mom and Grandma.

Lovely post on planting seeds of hope written by Tami this week.

Renee is celebrating being one step closer to the publication of her book.

An uplifting message from Jamie, living with MS, but not letting a chronic disease hold her back.

A reminder from Angela to eat your veggies.

A warm welcome back to the blogosphere to Rachel.

Fiona has written a great post on what it means to be an empowered patient and as a companion piece read Andy‘s thoughts on the same topic and Stacey Tinianov.

Sarah shares helpful advice for those who may be undergoing a mastectomy with LD flap reconstruction.

Knot has information about a documentary film about male breast cancer.

Terri shares the lessons she has learned from cancer in a new podcast.

Change is afoot for Catherine.

Lisa examines the evidence for choosing complementary therapies for breast cancer.

More reflections by the Cancer Curmudgeon on society’s expectations of the “right way to do cancer”.

A poem by Audrey after her second diagnosis of breast cancer.

Being a sun worshipper in my teens and through my twenties, I found myself nodding ruefully at Jen’s latest post on the potential damage I may have done during those years.

And finally, my headline of the week goes to Elizabeth for the gorgeous title Winterlude – and the delightful pictures that accompany the post.

Until next week,

Yours with love

Marie xxx