Weekly Round Up: Awareness Days
Time 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 was a week of Awareness Days – many of which affect us directly as women with a history of breast cancer. It started on Monday with World Mental Health Day and prompted a heart-breaking story from Eileen about her friend, David, and the agony of mental illness. Thursday was designated for metastatic breast cancer awareness, marked by Dr Attai on her blog and Debra Agosta shares her personal story of MBC. Friday was Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day, and Terri shared practical information on the topic via her blog. Finally, yesterday was Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awarenss Day, a day close to my heart. I drew comfort from reading the words posted on the My Perfect Breakdown and Ever Upward blogs, even as my heart ached at the constant memories of my own losses.
I always appreciate the balance that Dr Elaine Schattner brings to breast cancer treatment and diagnosis issues. The issue of mammography is perennial confusing and with the publication of yet another new study against mammogram, Elaine offers her insight on the science behind the latest findings.
A warm welcome back to Rosemary to the blogosphere again.
Caroline is on a road trip this week.
Continuing the Pinktober theme in the blogosphere this week, Nancy writes about Pink Ribbon Fantasy Land, Susan Rosen about the “stink of pink”, Chris asks if pink is stifling blue in awareness, and Liz shares her thoughts on the Big Pink. If you are feeling overwhelmed and frustrated by the pink onslaught, turn to Lisa‘s blog. “One of the best ways to help in the fight against cancer is by making a donation in support of cancer research” she writes. “But deciding which organizations will make the most effective use of our contributions requires a little homework.” Luckily for us, Lisa has done the homework and this week she reviews Dr Susan Love’s Research Foundation to see how it stacks up in the non-profit accountability landscape. On the same theme, see Carrie‘s latest blog too.
The American Society for Radiation Oncology recently held their annual meeting. Dr. Matthew Katz, a radiation oncologist in Lowell, MA, provided BCSM with his interpretation of several of the studies that were presented.
Finally this week, congratulations again to Beth who officially launched her book Calling The Shots this past week.
Until next week,
Yours with love