Weekly Round Up

facebook_e681054b04.jpgTime 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.

Today is National Survivors Day, but it’s a day I don’t “celebrate”. As Nancy writes

Such a celebratory day feels blatantly dismissive. Those who live daily with the knowledge they will likely not survive cancer are left standing on the outside looking in. Again. Unacceptable! I will not erase those who did not and will not survive.

On a similar theme, do read Rebecca‘s powerful post on divisions in the MBC community.

You will likely have heard the news of Olivia Newton John’s cancer recurrence 25 years after her treatment for breast cancer. It serves as a reminder that we are never done with cancer – it always lurks in the background as Maureen writes this week.  Dee writes also this week of how news of a recurrence can trigger anxiety and fear and how to deal with it. See also Caroline‘s post on the recurrence topic.

A super post by Stephanie on resilience and empowerment in the face of uncertainty. She writes:

When we base our security upon a belief that we are powerful when we are in control, we are left feeling highly vulnerable in this life. This is a common concern for those of us who have faced life threatening circumstances, because it is a natural response to want to have control when we face traumatic/life threatening situations.

Elizabeth is processing her recent heart attack.

Catherine updates us on her latest oncology appointment and celebrates her 8th wedding anniversary.

Grace writes of her distaste for pinkwashing.

Debra shares thoughts from Laura‘s husband about her MBC diagnosis.

Jo Ann writes of losing her moorings in her latest blog.

A warm welcome back to the blogosphere to Elissa.

While we hear much about the dislike of war metaphors in describing cancer, Liza shares thoughts on how these metaphors helped her.

Terri writes this week of the importance of shared decision making in breast reconstruction.

Finally this week, I leave you with important reminder from Isabel of the power of kindness in healthcare.  As a follow-on to this, read Carolyn‘s latest post on patient dignity.

Until next week,

Be kind to each other.

Yours with love

Marie xxx