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.

A while ago I put a call out for tips and advice you would give to a friend or loved one who has been diagnosed with cancer. Thanks to all who contributed ideas – you can read the article I wrote based on those tips here.

How do you answer a question like “how are you” when you have metastatic cancer? How much information should you give?  Abigail reflects on her answers to that question in her latest post.

Audrey captures the myriad feelings that accompany the end of a treatment phase when living with cancer when she writes: “Coming to the end of treatment, which I have in some respects, has left me with that familiar relief and a touch of anxiety.”

I know this journey after all, I’ve done it often enough. Just when you think it’s finished some of the impact hits you. I know now there aren’t short cuts to recovery. Now is the time to recover with good food, exercise ( mmmm) and reflect and acknowledge all that has happened.

Lisa‘s latest post tackles the thorny topic of surprise medical billing.

If you could go back in time before your diagnosis, what would you tell yourself? This week’s guest post by Amanda on Ticking Off Breast Cancer offers 25 things she would say to her pre-diagnosis self.

A reflection from Megsie on fitting in and finding her place in the cancer community.

Excellent post from Britt on COVID19 and Kindness.

Replace your beer bottle memes with useful facts, recognize that “only” a small percentage of deaths are of real people with valuable lives and families that are devastated, and pray for the health care workers everywhere who will take care of us in spite of the risk to themselves.

See also Karin‘s latest on coping with the fear of coronavirus.

A guest post by Kit on MetUP UK on the reality of living with secondary breast cancer as a young woman.

Beautiful story shared by Sheri on finding healing.

How to find joy in having no money is the theme of Naomi‘s latest post.

Thoughts from Sandra on redefining hope when you have metastatic breast cancer.

How do you support someone who has lost someone to cancer? Barbara shares some thoughts in her latest post.

A powerful post from Susan Rahn on living her life in six-month increments.

Connie says goodbye to her Christmas guest.

Fascinating post from Becky reflecting on breast cancer narratives.

A beautiful description by Ilene of the healing power of writing through cancer.

Writing is also a legacy of the deepest parts of ourselves. And one doesn’t have to publish a book if the desire is to leave a legacy for those who love us. Leaving our voices anywhere – even in letters or journals – are there after we die and are available to revisit and feel our hearts beat again, even for a little while, to hear our breath feel our words.

Finally this week, I leave you with a writing prompt. It’s prompted by a question posed by Julia Barnickle What if life were meant to be easy? a prompt taken up by Nancy Seibel this week. You may like to answer this question either on your own blog, or simply leave a comment below.


Until next week,

Yours with much love always,

Marie xxx