Weekly Round Up: The Valentine’s Day Edition

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.

It’s Valentine’s Day but I am not celebrating the sappy over-hyped Hallmark Holiday today; instead I am sending you all love and gratitude for the many ways in which you enrich my life each week through your writing. So let’s get started with this week’s round-up.. beginning with these  Valentine’s themed posts from Yvonne, Uzma, and Tric.

Is there a backlash against the backlash in Cancer Land? That’s the question the Cancer Curmudgeon tackles in her latest post. Complement this with Nancy‘s thought-provoking post on the walls we build in Cancer Land and Ann Marie‘s “It’s A Cancer Thing”.

As soon often happens when I read Elizabeth’s writing, I felt she was talking directly to me this week – a wonderful reminder to not fill my time with busyness. As a companion piece read Laurie‘s  Be Here Now post

The Seasoned Sistah continues to share her mindful journey with us.

The link between alcohol and breast cancer is something many of us are reluctantly aware of.  It’s the subject of blog posts by Flo, Audrey and Jennifer this week. What are your thoughts on this topic?

Jen shares an exciting opportunity to join fellow and sister bloggers at an upcoming event in Chicago.

Beth is writing about a very unwelcome side-effect of breast cancer treatment – osteoporosis. This is a topic covered extensively by Margaret in her blog for those who want to read more about its treatment.

Jo has been taking part in some cycling activities.

A post by ABC Advocates For Breast Cancer on chemo-brain.

Both Carrie and Rebecca capture so well the fear of recurrence and the vigilance that never leaves us after treatment ends.

Practical information from Naomi on breast prostheses.

A delightful post by Detrice on happy childhood memories.

Amanda is celebrating her first cancerversary.

Vickie shares thoughts on being an ambassador for metastatic breast cancer.

Writing about flashbacks, Becky shares a special place in her latest post – which in turn gave me a flashback of a treasured day spent with Becky.

I loved reading Jenny‘s guest post on the healing power of writing.

Chris has been exploring the topic of intimacy after cancer.

Terri shares a joyous story of pregnancy after DIEP flap surgery and guest blogs on .

If you remember last week, Susan had some scans scheduled – she updates us on their results this week.

Helen shares the story of Dr Sylvie Delanian, a Radiation Oncologist who researches ways to treat the damaged caused by radiation therapy post cancer treatment.

Sending much love and healing thoughts to Catherine as she prepares for chemotherapy.

Jackie shares a beautiful poem in memory of Rachel Moro Cheetham and Kathi writes about her friend Shelli who died two years ago of metastatic breast cancer.

A lovely reflection on hope from Dawn.

Susan has written about an emotive topic – but one I feel we need to talk more openly about – Death with Dignity.

With so much advice at our fingertips thanks to the world wide web – how do we deal with information overload? Caroline  shares her own way of coping.

Amy attended the Detroit premiere of Pink & Blue: Colors of Hereditary Cancer

Susanne reviews Nancy’s book Cancer Was Not A Gift.

And so I leave you this Valentine’s Day with these words on love from Eileen

You don’t need to be coupled to be in love. Or you might be in a relationship in which you’re lonely and alone, trapped and suffocating. Even then, you are always in love. You can’t help it. Love is the raw material that makes up your soul. It is the very core of your essence. Therefore you are always in a state of love. You are love.

Until next week,

Yours with much love

Marie xxx