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.
Connie is working on the sequel to her published memoir and this week has a series of reflective questions on moving forward into the next chapter in life.
Sue shares a book review of We Are All Perfectly Fine Dr. Jillian Horton’s new book with this delicious recommendation:
This book spoke to my heart. I believe that nurturing storytelling in the data and research-heavy world of medicine is what is going to bring humanity back to health care for us all.
Chris features male breast cancer advocate Rod Ritchie as his guest blogger this week with an insightful post on how breast cancer charities spend their donations.
Do you know the symptoms of female heart attack? Carolyn lays out the warning signs you should be aware of in her latest post.
A super evidence-based post from Cathy on the real benefits of exercise – as someone who struggles to maintain a consistent exercise regime this post really spoke to me this week.
Barbara shares a special gift with the community this week – the soundtrack she and her husband jointly created as the backtrack to Let Life Happen.
It’s vaccination day for Becky.
Kristie has published the second part of her post on cold capping.
Martha shares advice on getting patient portals, electronic medical records and technology organized and functioning correctly.
A Fresh Chapter features a guest post from Kendall describing how she found resilience and transformation through the Fresh Chapter experience.
Both Sarah and Maureen update us on how their treatments are going.
Check out the gorgeous tribute to forever friends on Abigail‘s blog.
Jennifer shares her experience of genetic testing during her DCIS decision-making process.
A sobering post on METUP UK‘s blog about the financial burden of metastatic breast cancer.
A really thought-provoking post from Ilene comparing the response to the Covid situation and cancer research by the medical and pharmaceutical industries. Also do take some time to check out Ilene’s interview on Our MBC Life podcast on the healing power of writing.
Finally this week, shout out to those blogs that made FeedSpot’s list of Top 70 Breast Cancer Blogs – I see lots of familiar faces in this list – and some new blogs for me to to explore too.
Until next week,
Yours with much love always,
Pingback: Weekly Round-Up from Marie Ennis O’Conner – No Half Measures
Thank you for sharing Our MBC Life blog and podcast. We hope you will keep following us! Love your weekly roundup.
It’s such a wonderful resource – thank you for the working you’re doing!
As always my Aram Cara, my gratitude for your friendship, support and time is unwavering. And the statistical probability of standing out in a crowd of blogs including all the non profits I thought was unlikely. But the position – smack in the middle that my blog took this year is because of the community of support and care and one helping another to get our voices out. Because it helps to know other people are experiencing what you are or might in the future. It helps with fear and isolation. It helps with resources. And in finding friends. How unlikely would it be to have known one another had i nog had mbc and started writing a blog, which you happened to read and like well enough after I pushed myself in your comments the first time I found your round up. How rude! But the benefits are in no small part to your continuing to help guide this important conversation. Some weeks I don’t feel much like writing for public consumption but I put it aside to remain part of the roundup. I use it to get my muse charged up and that’s the truth. A reward for work is always nice. And all of us put our hearts and souls out there for the benefit of others not ourselves. It’s unending
human connections made into a beautiful chain by you who link us together. May we stay strong and may there some day be the remedies that allow us to not lose one more link.
It’s nice to get recognition for your hard work Ilene in blogging, but the real heart work is silently and gratefully acknowledged in the private conversations and outreach xxx
Dear Marie – thank so much for including a link to my post on women’s heart attack symptoms on this week’s roundup list. I wrote this after a nurse explained her own heart attack experience, which she had dismissed because all she had was chest pain – no vague “atypical” signs like crushing fatigue or pain down her arm or nausea that she’d been told were typical of women’s heart attacks compared to the “Hollywood Heart Attack” described in men (but also experienced by women like me – and still more likely than men to be misdiagnosed despite textbook symptoms!)
I wondered when I read her story: have we done such a good job in educating women on all the freakishly weird cardiac symptoms they MIGHT experience that when they have “only” chest pain, they don’t think “heart attack” any more? As I wrote in this post, chest pain is still the most common heart attack symptom reported by both men AND women. But the key point remains: you know your body. You know when something is just not right. And if this ‘something’ feels wrong to you, get it checked out – just as you would if the symptoms were happening to your Mum, or your daughter, or your sister.
This is as true in heart disease as it is in cancer or any other diagnosis!
Take care, and stay safe. . . ♥
I know important it is for cancer patients and their families to receive support so I visit here when Abigail posts the weekly updates. My wife has had cancer on and off for many years. She is currently getting chemo. She has a blood cancer called multiple myeloma.
Thank you Carolyn for all the work you do to raise awareness of women’s heart attack symptoms. With cancer treatment toxicity also affecting our heart health – your writings are very pertinent to this community too.
Marie, thank you for including us in your weekly round up! We’re grateful you’re reading and glad you enjoyed our latest post from Kendall. Thanks for bringing all these resources together!
Hi Dana – great to have you here – thanks so much for reading and commenting.