Weekly Round-Up: Is Cancer A Journey?



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. 

The debates about language in the cancer sphere have been ongoing since I started this blog almost a decade ago. This week Wendi weighs in on the debate with her displeasure for the “journey” metaphor.  With journey in the title of my own blog, I’ve had to think long and hard about how this term effects others and I’ve come to the conclusion that while I am sensitive to offending others, I also believe we need to respect the language that works for each of us. When I started my blog all those years ago, I chose to use the word journey in the title because the metaphor of a journey resonated with me deeply. I felt I was very much in unchartered terrain as I tried to find a new direction for my life. Words like “direction” and “crossroads” all correspond to the journey metaphor for me and it helped me visualize the “road” ahead. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic in the comments below.

Nancy tackles another sensitive topic this week – that of feeling somehow marginalized in your cancer experience; and Barbara takes on the cancer-guilt on her blog.

Eileen shares some quote-worthy gems from Paul Kalanithi’s posthumous Renoir, “When Breath Becomes Air”.

Margaret blogs about over-testing this week.

What can you do for a friend who has been diagnosed with cancer? Ann Marie Otis offers some advice.

A lovely reminder from Connie on how the simplest gestures of kindness can produce manna in our lives.

A very interesting discussion on Becky’s blog about body awareness and health literacy – see also Stephanie’s latest post on reconnecting with our bodies.

Tori shares some tips on travelling with MBC.

Liza reflects this week on how  much has changed,  and how much has stayed the same for her over the past  six years.

Happy blogoversary to the lovely Catherine this week.

Elaine looks at the research behind recent headlines on cardio-toxicity and cancer treatment.

Finally this week, I leave you with a quote from a beautiful  reflection by Terri Wingham on letting go.

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. ~Lau Tzu

Yours with much love always,

Marie xxx