Weekly Round-Up: Holidays Are Coming Edition
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.
There’s a sense of the year ending on many blogs this week – Renza, Nancy, Karin, Barb and Chris close out the year with a review of 2018 and a look towards 2019.
Another ending, but of a more permanent kind is the closing of The Underbelly blog.
Christmas themed posts from Beth, Cathy, Tric, Fab, Tammy, Barbara and Connie.
Tracy asks us to spare a thought for the healthcare professionals who work over the holidays.
Lovely post from Terri on the best gifts you can give a cancer patient.
Beautiful writing on the winter solstice from Yvonne.
An important post from Carolyn on cardiac misdiagnosis in women.
Both Johanna and Becky write reflective posts on remission this week.
Ilene is having a tough time at the moment – please read her blog and share your thoughts on her latest post about praying for cancer patients.
Susan shares a testament to the power of social networking and a collective desire to reach out and help someone in need.
And finally, this week’s writing prompt. This week’s prompt is in keeping with the theme of closing out the year. You may like to write about it on your own blog, or simply leave a comment below.
Until next week,
Yours with much love always
Hello Marie and Happy Christmas to you. Thanks so much for including my “skin in the game” post here as you close out this year of weekly round-up posts. Hope you enjoy a wonderful holiday season – I look forward to reading more in the New Year.
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Thanks Carolyn for opening our eyes to the reality of this situation. Cardio-toxicity is a topic that isn’t discussed enough for cancer survivors so your blog is also very relevant to my readership
Thank you, Marie, for all you continue to do for our community. Your roundups are something many of us look forward to every week, and we know they take a lot of work on your part. So thank you! Merry Christmas to you and yours. May the New Year be kind to us all. Looking forward to reading more of your writing in 2019!
Thank you so much Nancy – each Sunday morning I take this on a sacred ritual – to bring the disparate voices together as one choir in the blogosphere x
Thanks for bringing us another Round Up, Marie. Blessings to everyone during this Holiday Season!
Thank you Connie for the gift of your storytelling this past year.
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Thanks, Marie. I’ve enjoyed being part of the community. I wish you the best for this holiday and for blessings as you step into 2019!
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Thank you for continuing to support my writing and my blog. My new self has a goal this year besides our collective goal of wellness and that is to have my book of poetry complete and ready for publication. A friend whose traumatic experiences caused her to start drawing later in life is illustrating the book; it will be a collaborative effort of two women who suffer PTSD for different reasons but ultimately the power of Art helps to set us free.
Merry, merry Christmas and shall peace hold you in its gentle arms as you gracefully give the world your own invaluable gifts. You’re a star who shines even when the sun is out.
Much love and my heartfelt appreciation for you,
How wonderful to hear about your poetry and the collaboration with your friend. Knowing your writing as I do now I know what a gift to the community this will be.
Carolyn, what an interesting and well-researched blog, and Marie, how right you are that there are cardio risks for cancer patients, it’s a classic if little recognised late effect.
Like you Carolyn, I speak from experience. I have an unusual cancer history so when I report changes, HCPs do tend to listen, but even with a known heart murmer, it took five months, four blackouts, and a broken shoulder before AV node disease was DXd and a pacemaker fitted three years ago. And now heart failure has been DXd too.
You have to know your body intimitely to be able to be clear about what’s changed, but that’s only half the battle. Fighting to make yourself heard properly, even when HCPs think they are trying to listen, can be so difficult. We all doubt ourselves, because we are not doctors, but in today’s NHS, doctors are so utterly overstretched they would probably struggle to diagnose their own symptoms never mind ours!
For me, the treatments for four cancers has led to many late effect issues, but heart problems are by far the scariest because they can be so sudden. More scary, frankly, than the blinking cancers were in the first place.
So thank you for highlighting such an important topic. Happy and healthy new year xxxx
Loved readding this thank you
So happy to hear that you enjoyed it Edward