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.

Cancer sneaks into your life in unexpected little ways, writes Caroline this week, and sometimes those little ways can be big, as Jan also touches on in her latest blog.

As cancer patients survive longer they face additional health problems. Radiation to the chest, chemotherapy, antibody therapy and hormone changes can affect blood vessels and heart function in the short term and long, during treatment or years later. But millions affected – and their physicians – remain insufficiently mindful about the risk of heart disease. This is the important topic Dr Elaine Schattner tackles on her blog this week.

In every blogger’s life there comes a time when you start to run out of things to say/out of love with blogging/stuck. I’ve had it happen to me and seen it happen many times to others. Kimberly finds herself in this position, and it would be so great if we as a blogging community could offer her some encouragement. What helps you become unstuck?

Sometimes the winding down of a blog comes from the desire to move on. I was reminded of this while reading Chelsey’s latest post this week.

The cancer curmudgeon writes of a certain persistent cancer narrative; as a companion piece, read Ann Marie’s latest post on why words matter, and Nicole and Knot Telling on the use of the term “survivor”.

Uplifting posts by Dawn  and Chris on cultivating hope.

Emily examines some myths surrounding clinical trials.

Rosie writes of the roller-coaster ride of cancer.

I was reminded of how invisible many MBC patients say they feel – the forgotten/hidden story of breast cancer – as I read Fiona’s blog this week.

Uzma had a tough decision to make this week — should she go for a prophylactic oophorectomy ( surgical removal of ovaries to reduce future risk of breast cancer)?

A good reminder by Tami that sometimes it’s ok to not be ok.

Sharon shares her thoughts on chemobrain.

Elizabeth draws some beautiful analogies between the mountains and how she lives her life; and Jackie also draws analogies to describe her experience of breast cancer over the past year.

A good round-up of cancer related research and topical issues around the web via Jen’s blog.

Robin finds parallels between watching the TV show The Walking Dead and her cancer experience.

A warm welcome back to the blogosphere to Diane. Hope we see more blog posts soon 🙂

Catherine’s post on being a writer (or not) brought up a lot of thoughts for me around identity.

A powerful exploration by Anna of the myriad issues facing young adult cancer patients.

Renee shares a snippet from her new book.

Nancy has written a thought-provoking post on adapting to a new body image after cancer.

Loving Ann Marie Otis’ story of her mastectomy tattoo.

Worrying and cancer go hand-in-hand but it’s possible to take a step back from excessive worrying and give yourself a break. Read more on this from Debbie.

Finally this week, I leave you with a quote from Audrey’s blog to guide you through the week to come.

everyone fighting battle

Until next week,

Be kind to one another.

Yours with love

Marie xxx