Weekly Round-Up

facebook_916e821d80 (1)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.

I’m starting off this week with an impassioned plea from Nancy Stordahl to stop calling metastatic cancer a chronic condition. As she explains:

Metastatic breast cancer (MBC) is breast cancer that has spread to distant organs. Most often this occurs in the bones, lungs, liver or brain, but metastasis can occur in other organs as well.  Treatment for metastatic breast cancer is life long. There is no cure. This is not to say MBC is not treatable. It is. But referring to MBC as chronic feels like marginalizing a diagnosis that still brings with it a pretty dismal prognosis.

MBC advocate Jo Taylor, is also worth reading this week as she shares her thoughts on METUP UK: “Primary or secondary, curable, incurable, we all deserve to be able to live well with cancer and live in a way WE choose,” she writes.

Continuing her mission to educate on breast reconstruction options, Terri‘s latest post discusses the different types of DIEP Flaps.

Sarah reviews Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal.

The latest guest post on Ticking Off Breast Cancer concerns why exercise during cancer treatment is so important.

Dr Deanna Attai’s co-authored publication “Proposing a Bill of Rights for Patients with Cancer” has just been published.

A new post from Diane on how to cut through overhyped health news and medical misinformation to get to the truth. See also Cathy on why you should question EVERYTHING you read.

A personal reflection from Barbara on the power of prayer.

An inspiring post from Chris on hope in the face of death.

A story by Michele (with the option to listen or read) about how patient advocacy can bring us closer to health CARE.

Interesting post from Nancy Seibel on how fear can be helpful to us.

A Shine Cancer Support playlist developed from songs that members of its community feel have helped them.

Thoughts on cancerversaries from Julia at Wellies and Seaweed.

A thoughtful post from Abigail on asking for help when doing so doesn’t come easy.

Another insightful and helpful post from Connie this week on the topic of balancing your life– either through addition or subtraction of activities or responsibilities.

Finally this week, I leave you with a writing prompt. You may like to write about it on your own blog, or simply leave a comment below.

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Until next week,

Yours with much love always,

Marie xxx