Weekly Round Up: Why Cancer Isn’t A War


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.

When the news this week that Senator John McCain is diagnosed with brain cancer, the inevitable cancer metaphors of battling and fighting were not far behind. Xeni Jardin explains why cancer is not a war and we should stop using these terms to describe it as such. CatherineBecky and Liza also explore cancer’s war metaphors and what they mean to them.

Super list by Lisa de Ferrari on the charities that support cancer research.  

Elizabeth updates us on her visit to the Mayo Clinic to determine the best treatment plan for her recent SCAD diagnosis.

A wonderful blog by Yvonne inter-weaving the powerful words of poet Seamus Heaney and Nelson Mandela.

A moving and poignant post by Audrey on living with the “what ifs” of cancer.

In Stephanie’s latest blog, she explores how important it is to give ourselves the opportunity to process and explore our significant life experiences.

Carolyn shares the facts about premenopausal women and cardiac symptoms.

Thanks to Rosemary for re-blogging my Ten Things I Wish I Had Known About Breast Cancer this week.

In her latest Forbes article, Elaine shares the story of Maryam Mirzakhani, who received a 2014 Fields Medal for her contributions to mathematics, and died very recently from metastatic breast cancer at age 40.

An informative blog by  Lisa Thompson on the genetic condition found in some breast cancers.

Grace provides an update on US healthcare reform.

Caroline shares a life lesson from her cat that sometimes you have to pull yourself through life with sheer determination.

Stacey is prompted to do some soul-searching to answer the question of what she is doing as a patient advocate.

Connie reflects on how “cancer, like other serious illnesses, doesn’t drop into a perfect life.  It often lands in the midst of an already taxed system that’s teetering on the edge. ” Oh how true!

A nice reminder from Margaret of the power of every-day kindness.

Great question from Nancy this week – do we expect too much from celebrities diagnosed with cancer?

Finally this week, a big warm welcome back to the blogosphere to the Pink Underbelly with a post reflecting on her son all grown-up.

Until next week,

Yours with love

Marie xxx