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 feel cancer made you a better person?  Nancy has very strong feelings about the narrative that “cancer is a gift” as she says in her latest blog:

Cancer is not a gift, nor is it an enlightenment program from which you emerge as a new and improved version of your former self. At least I do not view it as such and the latter did not happen for me.

I totally get Beth‘s frustration and anger with the misleading information she was given when she underwent radiotherapy and the consequences she now faces as a result.

Molly is delighting in a lack of perspective.

I adored reading Connie‘s reflection on dealing with overwhelm and how less is sometimes more.

A lovely post from Terri on going away to find herself again after cancer.

Becky updates us on how her Mom is doing this week.

Dr Attai reviews two new studies which discuss patient-reported outcomes and complication rates after post-mastectomy reconstruction surgery.

Lisa Thompson writes this week on the topic of parenting with cancer.

Great to hear from Audrey again after her surgery and to hear she is on the road to recovery.

Very helpful advice from Chris on choosing travel insurance which takes into account your cancer history – and yes, there are companies who will cover you reasonably.

Frustrations with insurance approvals of a different kind are recent topics on Terri‘s and Barbara‘s blogs.

Lisa reviews the findings from the TailorX clinical trial.

Karin discusses a very personal choice in her latest post – donating her body to medical science.

Finally, this week, although writing about the diabetes online community, I just have to share Renza‘s latest post on the unkindness she has witnessed on Twitter within her own community. This is just as relevant to our cancer online community and her words struck a chord within me when I read them today:

There is a person at the other end of that Twitter handle, or Facebook profile. It’s easy to forget that sometimes. I don’t know anyone in the community who is actively involved in activism and advocacy who isn’t trying to improve things for people with diabetes. It may not be the way you would do it, it may not be the focus you have, it may not be through partnerships you would encourage.

Until next week,

Let’s be kind to each other,

Yours with much love always

Marie xxx