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.

Kathi writes this week about how easy it is to get overwhelmed with online stories of cancer:

Sometimes you can be too aware. Sometimes, you’ve just got to limit your exposure to the full freight of awareness. You’ve got to accept the fact that you can’t read and comment on every blog post or tweet or Facebook post about breast cancer, and not let yourself feel guilty about it. Sometimes, you’ve got to pick and choose your emotional priorities and recognize your limitations.

Once you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, you can never have a life that’s truly cancer-free – Nic explains why in her latest blog post, while Uzma describes life after cancer like chasing a balloon. See also Chloe on the same theme of life post-cancer, Rebecca on lessons learned – and unlearned – after cancer, and Helen on the lasting physical damage that can occur.

If you have lymphedema and if it’s been recommended to you to wear a compression garment at certain times or for certain activities, you will not want to miss Nancy’s latest giveaway.

Another sad passing in the MBC world as AnneMarie pays tribute to Maria Fowler.

The Young Women’s Breast Cancer Blog are calling for contributions from young women in the UK who have been diagnosed with breast cancer to share their experiences of being single and dating.  Of course dating isn’t just for young women and men. Penny writes eloquently about the dilemma facing anyone who wants to date after cancer.

BCSM are asking for your help to evaluate a mindfulness app and learn more about using mobile technology to deliver health interventions to women with breast cancer.

I was transported to Palm Springs by Elizabeth‘s amazing description of Joshua Tree National Park this week.

Beth has good news to share with us.

Doreen writes about her personal experience of breast reconstruction while Liz writes about the same subject from the perspective of a breast surgeon… and patient.

A poignant post from Caroline about wishing to be a person, not just a patient.

Deana pays tribute to her partner for being by her side during her cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Carrie writes about the experience of being a working mother with breast cancer.

Ann looks back on six years since she started treatment.

JoAnn is back blogging again and sharing our rowing adventures.

Sharon is continuing to post thoughts and pictures about gratitude, love and living life her blog.

Lulu writes about the crushing fatigue she experiences on a daily basis.

Sarah and Detrice are looking towards the future.

Elaine shares five key issues for the future of cancer IT.

A few weeks ago, Diane posted about issues she is having at work, in her latest post she updates us on this.

Margaret shares information on what to treat (or not) when it comes to DCIS and LCIS, while Jean writes about IBC, a rare but aggressive form of breast cancer.

Gayle Sulik reviews Miriam Engelberg’s book Cancer Made Me A Shallower Person: A Memoir in Comics on the Breast Cancer Consortium blog.

Laurie shares some great advice from her therapist.

Finally this week, Catherine celebrates her husband Zsolt becoming a Canadian citizen. Congratulations to you both!



Until next week,

Yours with love

Marie xxx