Weekly Round Up


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. 

Do you treasure your family photos? I hadn’t given this question much thought until I read Beth‘s beautiful post on how much family photos meant to her Aunt Helene.

Elizabeth shares her adventures in back-packing and cardiac rehab with us this week.

Nancy is taking time out to smell the roses and prepare for the Fall.

Beautiful post from Connie on the “thin veil”.

It’s been oh so quiet on the Feisty Blue Gecko front recently, but Philippa is now ready to fill us in on the changes in her life circumstances over the past few months.

A wonderful post by Stacey on quitting.. or not.

Have you ever felt adrift in a sea of normalcy? Stephanie asks and provides some answers to this question in her latest blog.

I remember how hard it was to go back to work after finishing cancer treatment – Sue recounts her experience of returning to work in her latest blog. On a similar theme, read Carolyn‘s post on returning to work when you are a heart patient.

Another great post by Grace on the hypocrisy of breast cancer awareness campaigns.

I am loving Julia‘s adventuring spirit.

Super post from Susan Rosen on not sugar-coating breast cancer.

Catherine writes about how important it is to have a good relationship with your oncologist.

Terri shares information on a new app for anyone impacted by breast cancer, Breast Advocate App, which she considers to be a game changer.

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness (#OCAM) month as well as Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month (#GCAM). Learn more on Dee’s blog.

Finally this week, I leave you with a quote from a superb blog by  Lisa Faden republished on  The Underbelly.  She is  quoting Arthur Frank  in At the Will of the Body.

The ill have already fulfilled their responsibility by being ill.  The question is whether the rest of us can be responsible enough to see and hear what illness is, which ultimately means seeing and hearing what life is.  Being alive is a dual responsibility: to our shared frailty, on the one hand, and to all we can create, on the other.  The mutual responsibilities of the ill to express and the healthy to hear meet in the recognition that our creativity depends on our frailty.  Life without illness would not just be incomplete, it would be impossible.

Until next week,

Yours with love

Marie xxx