Weekly Round-Up: The Merry Christmas 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.

This Christmas week sees Christmas themed posts from Julia, Carolyn, Nancy Seibel, NaomiAudrey, Sara, Chris and  Nancy Stordahl.

A reminder from Terri that it’s ok to not be totally ok over Christmas.

Advice from Karin on how to say no to things you cannot eat during the festive season.

Beautiful winter solstice reflections from Ann, Julia Barnickle, Beth, and  Yvonne.

A lovely story of an unexpected Christmas guest from Connie this week.

Jo rounds up her busy year.

As families gather together for Christmas, Barbara is urging everyone this holiday season to share their family’s medical history with one another.

Birthday greetings to Abigail who last week celebrated her 41st birthday.

Megsie recounts a less than satisfactory doctor visit with an oncologist lacking in empathy.

Lisa de Ferrari shares highlights From the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

Becky marks her five-year cancerversary.

Sadly this past week we lost two precious members of our community – Jan, a quiet, gentle presence and Rebecca, a fierce champion for metastatic breast cancer patients.  At the same time, Maureen shares thoughts on the nature of living and dying and these lines from writer and broadcaster Clive James, who also passed away very recently:

What is it worth, then, this insane last phase
When everything about you goes downhill?
This much: you get to see the cosmos blaze
And feel its grandeur, even against your will,
As it reminds you, just by being there,
That it is here we live, or else nowhere.

Until next week,

May you get to feel the wonderful grandeur of life this holiday season,

Yours with much love always,

Marie xxx