Weekly Round Up #DayOfFriendship Edition

 

Friends... they cherish one another's hopes. They are kind to one another's dreams. Henry David Thoreau1 (1).png

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.

Did you know that today is International Friendship Day? I continue to be so very grateful for the friendships I have been gifted with online over the past 8 years of writing Journeying Beyond. Your friendship has sustained me through some of the hardest and saddest times of my life. I’ve witnessed so many acts of kindness and friendship in the blogosphere which has been the perfect antidote to the darker side of social media. May we continue to grow in our friendship and support for each other daily.

AnneMarie writes an exquisitely beautiful heart-filled tribute to her beloved soul-sister and friend, Lori.

Lori isn’t just my friend, she’s my soul sister in every sense of the word. I have been carried from the fires of hell by the sheer force of Lori’s love and concern, her fierce protective nature, her persistence in demanding a better life for me. She saw my future when I was too blinded to see much of anything. As I spun out of control, Lori, living with a terminal illness, was the one who remained calm and focused. It was Lori who guided me, gently at times, and forcefully when necessary to the beautiful place where I find myself today.

Thoughts on troublesome thoraxes, breast cancer, hearts, and life on Elizabeth‘s blog this week.

While Dee reflects on her twelfth-year cancerversary, Carrie thinks about her upcoming third and Catherine F. quietly reflects on eighteen years since her first cancer diagnosis.

“If this were easy, what would it look like?” Terri Wingham answers this deceptively simple question in her latest post.

Stephanie recommends a practical and helpful aide to healing in visual journaling.

I could identify with so much of what Amy writes this week about the complicated, conflicting, frightening, shameful and sad roller-coaster of cancer emotions..

Becky has an interesting idea for a research study concerning metastatic breast cancer patients. Head on over to her blog to learn more and have your say.

Grace reflects on the many changes there has been in her life lately, and wonders if her Mom would have been proud of her.

Patient-centricity in healthcare has become a buzz word. But what does it really mean? Stacey dives deeper behind the words to find out.

Super interesting guest blog by Ellen Matloff, certified genetic counselor, on the BRCA Responder.

Yvonne contributes her thoughts on the language of cancer and conflict to the blogosphere.

What do you think, feel, or do when you read a study which suggests that the “cure” for cancer may not cure but actually make things worse? Maureen shares her thoughts on this in her latest post.

Congratulations to Terri on completing the Project LEAD program recently. She writes about her experience attending and graduating on her blog.

On the first anniversary of her father’s day, Nancy reflects on the nature of grief and loss.

Looking for some solo travel inspiration? Look no further than Connie‘s “Dream It, Plan It, Do It” advice.

Finally this week, Eileen‘s advice on what to say/do for a newly diagnosed friend is so brilliant, I’ve bookmarked it to share next time I’m asked to give advice.

Until next week,

Take care of yourself.. and each other

Yours with much love always

Marie xxx