Weekly Round-Up: In Memory of Nancy Seibel
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 this week’s round up with some sad news. I heard yesterday of the passing of Nancy Seibel on the 4th December. Nancy was a regular contributor to the round-up and we will miss her uplifting and encouraging voice.
Earlier this year, Julia Barnickle invited contributions from the community to share an essay on lessons learned from lockdown. Nancy was one of those contributors and her essay can be read in Lessons from Lockdown: Finding Ease in uncertain times during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, available on Amazon.
In this week’s blog round-up, a gratitude filled post from Connie celebrating her global readership. Check our her book giveaway to celebrate.
As the holiday season is starting, Cathy shares six tips for healthier holiday habits.
Great interview at METUP UK with Nazanin Derakshan about her work building resilience with the breast cancer community.
Jo shares her perspective on living with a portacath for those with early stage or secondary breast cancer.
Rod shares helpful male breast cancer resources on the Advanced Breast Cancer blog.
A post on the blog on the crucial roles nurses play in cancer care on the Male Breast Cancer blog.
Nancy Stordahl offers six strategies to cope with loss, grief and the holidays during a pandemic.
A guest post on Ticking Off Breast Cancer on how to talk to others about your cancer.
JoAnn gets unstuck this week.
Curious about how to set up a birthday fundraiser on Facebook? Terri takes you step-by-step through the process in her latest post.
Jennifer writes about her choice to undergo a lumpectomy in her latest post.
A reminder from Lisa to look for the good in the difficult year we’ve had.
Advice on how to best prepare for your next medical consultation on Chris‘s blog.
An interesting post on the different types of courage from Abigail.
Excellent post from Carolyn on making more mindful decisions during the continuing pandemic.
Congrats to Amy who shares the exciting news that her book, Resurrection Lily, was picked by the National Library of Medicine as one of its December Book Club reads.
Johanna writes of preparing for Christmas, somewhat hampered, but not undaunted by a side-effect of cancer treatment – a paralyzed right arm.
Ilene, who says her latest post is inspired by Johanna’s writes of a different holiday season, in these beautiful words – a fitting way to end this week’s roundup.
But we know how different this years’ preparations, meal, and decorations are as we shift our weight from one foot to another, one arm to the other, fewer people but the love, the love, the love is all that really matters and all anyone remembers. All those “things” represent the love. And we are set free of the resolute duty of the ties which bind us to the responsibility of yet another year of stuffed stockings filled with love.
Until next week,
Yours with much love always
Thanks Marie for including my pandemic decisions post (“Bailey’s, bubbles and bikes”!) in this week’s interesting roundup! I was sad to learn of Nancy Seibel’s death – I’ve enjoyed her writing for a long time, as I know many of us have…
Happy Holidays… take care and stay safe… ♥
That’s so nice to hear about Nancy’s writing – thank you Carolyn.
How the loss of our friend Nancy eclipses all that we can write. For Nancy’s death, words can do no justice to bandaid the sadness yet I hope her family is holding up and I’m sure they’re feeling our outpouring of love and heartfelt messages of condolence.
She’s the third person in as many weeks…gone from my ever shrinking planetary orbit. And I cried in Craig’s arms for her, for myself, for this stupid disease which she helped so many to gather the strength to move on through life carrying in our bodies. She’ll live for a very long time in the words of our blogs, in the verbalization of our emotional health, and in our spirits. This holiday season just became even grayer, less colorful, more difficult because we lost a friend.
Although yet another person I could not meet face to face, the mourning is equally real, equally painful. The survivors guilt sits heavy here. She was a mom, a life coach, a therapist, a woman who followed her heart to do what she loved and loved helping others find their own hearts paths.
Nancy, if you can hear my words somehow, may you find a place in the universe reserved for the best of the best and shine down like a bright star as you shined while you were amongst us here in this world. The great mystery- the democratizer of all human beings alive- none of us know what happens when we die, yet we know what happens to those left behind. Much love, much peace, and if angels exist you’re as you are with all the others we loved so much. Goodbye, Nancy…for now.🪶
What a beautiful tribute Ilene to Nancy’s memory. I’ll be honest, I got comfort from your words, not just in relation to Nancy, but for all those we’ve loved, lost and mourned. Thank you xxxx
Thank you for putting the latest round-up together. I was so sad, shocked frankly, to learn about the death of Nancy Seibel. I feel so badly for her dear ones, for all of us too. Thank you for honoring her in this week’s edition. Thank you to Ilene for her lovely tribute as well. Stay well. xx
Yes it truly is shocking news and we are so lucky to have Ilene as the wordsmith of our community when words fail us.
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