I’m starting off this week with a small ask. I want to put together a list of thoughtful gifts for newly diagnosed cancer patients. What things would you add to this list? Drop your suggestions into the comments here.
Today being Father’s Day – there are some loving tributes from Lisa, Barbara and Kristie.
Regular readers will by now be familiar with Terri Coutee’s superb podcast series, but did you know that she also runs a private Facebook group? The purpose of the group is to inform those who are facing or have had a mastectomy about all their breast reconstruction options and choice. You can learn more about it on Terri’s blog this week.
And still on the topic of podcasts, Our MBC Life’s latest features the voices of those living with MBC and their experiences with palliative care, including its impacts on their physical, mental, and even sexual health.
Nancy shares 6 tips on maintaining your dignity when you are a cancer patient.
A post from Abigail on how tiring it is to be “a forever patient”.
Julia writes about how visualisation helps her get through the tough times.
Marissa expresses her concerns about COVID-19 restrictions being lifted and shares an idea for those who are immunocompromised to indicate their health status.
Super post from Carolyn on why personal stories don’t equate to scientific data.
Ilene shares her thoughts on the new abnormal – Covid, Cancer and the Aftermath of Trauma.
Tips from Cathy to prepare for our next travel adventures when the time comes to take off again.
A post to mark Juneteenth on white privilege and breast cancer on the blog of Surviving Breast Cancer.org.
Chris reports on the findings of an independent survey which set out to answer the question of whether cancer care has worsened due to Covid.
Interested in learning more about lobular breast cancer? Siobhan has information for you on this year’s International Invasive Lobular Breast Cancer Symposium.
As someone who loves poetry but can’t for the life of her write it, I am in awe of those of you who do. Sarah’s latest poetry on her blog is really worth checking it out. Her latest on marriage is really quite wonderful.
A magical post from Susan.
Finally this week, it is with great sadness and shock that I heard the news of the passing of a stalwart of the breast cancer advocacy community, Katherine O’Brien. Many of you will have known Katherine and I am sure share similar feelings of sadness at her loss. This tweet from Martha sums up the presence that Katherine was among us.
Until next week,
Take good care of yourselves and each other
Yours with much love always,
Thank you Marie for including my post on anecdote vs. data. That concept reminded me how tempting it is to dismiss science if it doesn’t match a story we read on Facebook…
Take care, stay safe. . . . ♥
Such a great post Carolyn – and I laughed out loud at the male reviewer and your frustrated response!
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Thank you for putting together this week’s roundup and thank you for including my post about maintaining dignity as a patient. I will think about some gift ideas.
I am so sad to read about Katherine. And shocked. Of course, we all know the deadliness of MBC, but I had no idea she had taken a turn for the worse. Such a force. Such a good person. Such a prolific writer. A remarkable friend and advocate. Thank you for sharing the sad news. Hugs to us all. #wewillnotforget
Nancy, it never gets easier – much as we know the start reality of living with MBC – we are never prepared for the finality of death.
Life is so fragile. We are reminded of that every time someone is stolen. The sadness over Katherine’s death continues to linger.
Thanks for your thoughtful comment Kristie
It’s too many losses too much grief
Cancer takes those we love and death
Is no relief. But “they” say: everyone dies
And we know this painfully well.
But when it comes from someone
With life more days on their side,
I want to tell them to go t hell.
But I bite my tongue until it bleeds
And my ears ring with tinnitus
And instead I say, oh yes, so true
Can you bring back my friends who died?
One day I do understand my time too will end.
But how much more grief can we all take
Before life alludes us and we all ascend?
Your poetry never fails to move me Ilene – thank you for this deeply heartfelt verse x