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.

Nancy Siebel offers four practical ways to offer help that truly helps to a person who needs it. On a similar theme, Barbara shares an app which helps you send messages of support.

Naomi writes about the spectrum of pain we experience and how we talk about pain in  an honest and frank post.

Janet shares some experiments with her new post-treatment life.

Terri will be a guest on the #BCSM Twitter chat on 29th July with Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo on the topic of breast reconstruction. You’ll find more details on her blog.

Sarah is half-way through her radiotherapy treatment.

In her latest post, Emily writes about the absurdities of cancer.

Super guest post on Jo‘s blog from Emma on clinical trials and research.

Abigail shares the experience of walking in her Mom’s footsteps attending the Day of Caring for Breast Cancer Awareness, South Florida as s a model of hope.

While it’s related to a different disease area (IBD), Megan Starshak‘s Experts By Experience post written for the Mayo Clinic, speaks to “remission guilt”  – a topic not unknown in our community too.

The period of adjustment to remission is real. I learned to find my identity as someone in remission, while finding a way to connect authentically and respectfully with the same IBD community that had carried me for so long.

Remission guilt, also called survivor guilt is closely related to Post-Traumatic Stress  – a topic explored in a guest post by Jen on the Shine Cancer Support blog.

So happy to see Julia take up last week’s writing prompt – How Can I Live Most Fully Today? on her blog.

Karin offers suggestions for 5 ways to relax (I particularly like #1  – relax your attitude towards relaxing!).

Dr Attai reports on a recent study evaluating the performance of screening mammography in asymptomatic high-risk men.

Great question from Becky this week – Do you think we should look at creating a professional ePatient role that is embedded within the healthcare system?

Wonderful post from Terri Wingham on changing your perspective. I have boundless admiration for Terri and the way she lives what she preaches courageously and authentically.

Finally this week, I want to leave you with a quote shared by Ilene inspired by her post on cancer and life philosophy.


Until next week,

Yours with much love always,

Marie xxx