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.

Did you know April is National Poetry Month? Thanks to Nancy Stordhal for the reminder this week and I’m with her when she writes:

I have great admiration for those who write poetry. Putting ideas, feelings, stories, experiences or whatever into words for an essay or blog post is one thing. Doing the same in a far more succinct way via poetry, is quite another.

To mark Poetry Month, Nancy has a giveaway on her blog of a collection of poems from Lisa Valentine – be sure to check it out.

Someone who I admire greatly for her wonderful way with words – not to mention her kindness and compassion – is poetry writer extraordinaire Ilene Kaminsky. She treats us to some new poetry on her blog this week. Highly recommended!

Tips from Jennifer on keeping track of medical information and daily tasks through bullet journaling. See also Barbara’s latest post on keeping a journal during breast cancer.

A guest post on Ticking Off Breast Cancer on practicing daily mindfulness.

Have you heard about Clubhouse? The newest social media platform to cause a buzz online. I set up my profile but still haven’t joined any chats – but if anyone can finally tempt me to dig deeper it’s Terri Coutee who has taken the breast reconstruction conversation to the site. Check out her latest interview with Roberta Albany and Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo via her blog.

Connie shares her adventures in online dating.

Carolyn has written a frank and honest post on the pressing need to look medical misdiagnoses squarely in the face.

Writing advice on writing what you know from Kristie this week.

Julia writes about “collateral damage” – the lasting effects of cancer treatment in her latest post.

A tough (but necessary) read from Megsie – a repost on her personal experience of racism.

The Shine Cancer blog digs into the archives to showcase ten of its best blog posts.

Diane’s latest post covers cancer registries and breast cancer recurrence rates.

Finally this week, I loved Abigails’s post describing a new concept to me – well the concept isn’t new but the term is – “allostatic load.” Allostatic load is defined as the cost of chronic exposure to elevated or fluctuating endocrine or neural responses resulting from chronic or repeated challenges that the individual experiences as stressful.

Abigail’s post was inspired by the gorgeous and lovely breast cancer advocate Stacey Tinianov – and it really is a thought-provoking and worthwhile read. So I’m closing out this week’s round-up with these words from Abigail from her post.

I think we all need to learn (me included) to be more gentle with ourselves, to put less pressure on ourselves, and to give ourselves permission to need help..Just think if we were to be gentle with ourselves, understanding how difficult life is right now, and then extend that gentleness to others … now that would be amazing for us all!

Yours with much love always

Until next week,

Marie xxx