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.
Deanna captures the reality of going through cancer treatment during a pandemic in her latest post:
Many cancer patients have felt abandoned during this time and I can absolutely understand why. They feel as though their illness has been swept one side to allow more space to focus on the pandemic. During my chemo break I felt consumed by thoughts of my tumours left unchecked, free to grow wild like ivy around a tree.
I found myself nodding vigorously to Nancy Stordahl‘s latest post on “doing covid” the wrong way. I remember feeling the same way when I was going through cancer treatment – that I shouldn’t “waste” this opportunity to achieve something remarkable – as if just surviving it wasn’t enough by itself. Revisit Britt’s earlier post on same topic with this great graphic illustration of how this all feels:
I’ve written myself on the fatigue I’m feeling from endless Zoom calls during the week, so I found it interesting to read Carolyn‘s latest post on the same topic.
Lovely posts exploring the art of possibility from both Terri Wingham and Julia this week.
Thoughts on vulnerability and asking for help from Naomi on her blog.
Beautiful reflection prompted by Mother’s Day from Nancy Seibel with tips on shifting away from dark emotions.
Terrific post from JoAnn on adapting to our current covid reality.
Allie reflects on her five-year cancerversary.
Great post from Abigail on handling compassion fatigue.
Sheri shares tips on riding the roller coaster of scanxiety.
Megsie writes on a topic very close to my own experience – that of cancer-induced infertility.
Super tips as always from Cathy on exercise and osteoporosis.
Liz has put together a roundup of the latest in breast cancer research trials.
A post from Mary linking the five stages of grief to the covid-pandemic.
Finally this week, I leave you with a little piece of wisdom to see us through another week, courtesy of Ilene:
Take good care of your soul and your spirit. Whether or not it’s true that heaven and God exist, kindness and giving others love won’t make life here and now any worse.
Until next week,
Stay safe and be kind to one another
Yours with much love always,
Thanks Marie for including my Heart Sisters blog post here about Zoom fatigue (based on a fascinating essay by Dr. Evan Selinger called “The Problem Isn’t Zoom Fatigue — It’s Mourning Life as We Knew It.”) I identified immediately with his theory!
But how to suddenly STOP the growing requests for even more video calls? The trouble is, as he points out in the original essay: “People are struggling to politely opt out, to honour their feelings of burnout without upsetting the people they care about. After all, it’s hard to say you’re unavailable and can’t make an online appearance during a quarantine…”
Thanks once again – have a lovely week, and stay safe…
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I found your article especially interesting, Carolyn, because I’ve seen a lot about “Zoom fatigue” lately. I don’t often use Zoom, but I was struck by the truth of this explanation:
“A root cause of our collective tiredness is the painful awareness that life can’t go back to normal.” Wishing you well.
Really fascinating to read your piece Carolyn
Thank you for including my musings on compassion fatigue!! ❤️
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Thanks Abigail for your always insightful posts
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Thank you for including my post on Uncertainty and the Art of Possibility, Marie. I’ve been out of the loop a bit, lately, so it’s been lovely to catch up with everyone. x
I hope this comes out as a “comment” rather than a “reply” – I don’t seem to have the option to leave a comment! 😀
Great to have you back in the blogosphere Julia – really enjoyed watching your video
Thank you for sharing my post, Marie! I’ve had those handouts on culture shock set aside in a folder waiting to be used in a post for years and didn’t really realize that now was the time when I found them last week. 🙂
Serendipity JoAnn 🙂