Weekly Round-Up: The Coronavirus 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.

We’re living in very worrying times. Here in Ireland, the country is officially in lockdown and anxiety levels are soaring – particularly for cancer patients and those with weakened immune systems and underlying health conditions, who are more at risk for COVID19. The pandemic has reached across the globe and continues to change, rapidly impacting everyone. There is a lot of information available on the internet about the virus and what we know changes daily. While Dee shares the most reliable places to get your information online, Chris shares his perspective on cancer as the gift that keeps on giving, in the face of Covid-19; and Diane, CatherineAmy Britt, Carolyn and Nancy Stordahl offer practical suggestions for what to do to protect yourself – and others – during this pandemic.  

For those for whom this is a particularly anxious time, Karin is offering an online talk to help us with the emotional and mental impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic: anxiety, self-isolation, working from home, loneliness and more. You can register at this link: https://karinsieger.com/coronavirus-support-online-talk/.   See also Nancy Seibel‘s latest post on how to shift your attention so that you can help spread the antidote to worry; Terri Wingham‘s tips for navigating uncertainty; and Lisa Valentine‘s hope that “we will also move through these uncertain times and emerge with some new humility and grace. That our world will emerge more unified by our commonalities and less divided by our differences.”

For some, this time of self-imposed isolation at home is a time to clear out and reflect as is the case with Connie in her latest post.

Elsewhere in the blogosphere….

Terri shares an interview with Breast Advocate App Founder, Minas Chrysopoulo, MD.

I was delighted to feature Barbara Jacoby in my Social Spotlight series of interviews on healthcare professionals and patient advocates’ use of social media.

Jo shares her experience of attending ABC5 Lisbon  – a conference that focuses entirely on Advanced Breast Cancer and also her experience, along with other members of patient advocacy group MetUpUK, of attending parliament to urge ministers to take immediate action to improve and extend the lives of those affected.

A guest blog about cancer and friends on Ticking Off Breast Cancer this week.  See also Megsie’s latest post “With a Little Help From My Friends.”

Naomi posted her monthly blog linkup this week.

Abigail reflects on her third cancerversary.

Ilene shares her thoughts on what’s changed in the last five years with Metastatic Breast Cancer.

Finally this week, I leave you with one of my favourite poems on kindness, by Naomi Shihab, shared by Audrey on her blog.


Until next week,

Let’s be extra kind to those who need our kindness most,

Yours with much love always,

Marie xxx