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 want 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.

Tami writes poignantly this week of being tired of writing tributes to dear friends taken too soon.

I’m sick of writing tributes. I’m sick of losing friends. I’m sick of cancer taking away the lives of young mothers. I can’t seem to find a way to put a positive spin on this. Two very close friends of mine, both with teen children, gone in a matter of three weeks. Both were very strong, smart, determined, positive loving women who helped so many people. Darlene even set up an organization called H.O.P.E. to advocate for other survivors. The wake of this awful disease is beyond comprehension. It rocks everyone in its path, it devastates families and friends. It sucks big time.

Thoughts go out to Knot as she deals with a fresh blow to her health.

Delighted to see the 15 things blog challenge taken up by CarolynIsabel and Natrice, who really took this exercise to a whole new wonderful level by sharing so much.

Dr Deanna Attai weighs in on the mammography debate.

Jo shares a ton of information from a recent secondary breast conference she attended.

Catherine is such a wonderful story-teller; she transported me right into the heart of a kitchen in Hungary.

Audrey shares a powerful message on her blog – an article written by Evelyn Gillan. Audrey writes: “I urge you to read her article, penned with the clarity of approaching the end of life and the absolute truth of having nothing to lose.”

Get ready for cuteness overload on Nancy‘s blog as she shares pics of favorite pets.

Here’s an interesting question taken up by Elaine this week – can journalists be too skeptical about progress against cancer?

While Kimberly makes a list of all the clichés and “priceless advice” cancer inevitably attracts, Eileen deplores the mythical cancer warrior mantle bestowed on patients. Meanwhile Chloe writes the following on bravery:

Now, I know that I am not Brave.  Nor am I Inspirational.  Brave is for people who jump into freezing lakes to save small children.  Inspirational is for amazing cancer patients (often terrifyingly young) who face a death sentence and yet go on to raise huge sums of money for research, or follow their dreams or climb Kilimanjaro or something. Me?  I’ve just coped with a year of breast cancer as best I could.  And I’m keeping all my fingers crossed that I won’t be called upon to cope with a more serious diagnosis.

Lots of useful titbits of information on Caroline‘s blog.

Lots of helpful advice from Jenny on what to expect when you finish cancer treatment.

Carrie looks back on the ups and downs of the past year since her cancer diagnosis.

Anna captures the visceral reality of her disease in her latest poem.

Beth Gainer is riled up by pink ribbon cause marketing which seems to have become an all-year thing.

Another week of eclectic  posts on Elizabeth‘s blog, which once again defy categorisation, but each one a gem.

Chelsey turns some why me questions into why not me.

Beth continues her tongue-in-cheek series of crazy cancer cures.

Finally this week, a timely reminder from Rebecca that caregivers need support too.

Until next week,

Be kind to one another.

Yours with love

Marie xxx