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.
Happy first day of August.
But how did we get to August so soon?! I swear I thought it was still June.
I love how Philippa captures this sense of the summer months moving towards a end along with a universally felt sense of being not quite in one place or another at this time. “Each of us,” she writes, “is finding our feet in this shaky new ground, and this differs on our own situations, our thresholds of comfort and our own risk assessments.”
Another delightful story from Connie about having the faith and courage to spread our wings in our new beginnings.
Barbara‘s latest post is all about hope and our collective efforts in the breast cancer community – and beyond.
A bittersweet reflection on finding joy from Megsie.
It’s long been thought that the “right dose” of a cancer medication is the maximum dose that most people receiving the drug can tolerate. This thinking began with chemotherapy and is often extended to other types of cancer drugs. A group of metastatic breast cancer patient (MBC) advocates is now questioning that paradigm and is urging a new approach that is more attuned to the needs of individuals. Find out more from Lisa’s latest post on this topic.
Advice from Cathy on regaining range of movement after breast cancer surgery.
A guest post by Katie on Ticking Off Breast Cancer about how writing helped her through the “post-treatment wasteland.”
Thoughts on searching for her cancer words from Martha.
Chris ponders the unfair discrimination faced by cancer patients.
Congratulations to OurMBCLife podcast celebrating its first anniversary.
Dee is marking another kind of anniversary – 16 years since her ovarian cancer diagnosis.
Terri’s latest post is about learning to trust your body again after breast surgery and breast reconstruction.
The Olympics has prompted Kristie to wonder if there were a Cancer Olympics, what would it entail?
Ilene has published a very frank and important post on sexuality post breast or prostate cancer diagnosis, alongside another powerful poem The Final Cut.
Finally this week, a writing prompt because sometimes we all need a little prompt when the well of inspiration runs dry. I’m inspired by Abigail’s beautiful “in this moment” prompts – visit her blog to find out more.
Until next week,
Yours with much love always,
I am so grateful for as always you brining my writing into the company of such amazing posts that capture the heart of life with and after we’ve completed our journey with cancer. For some the end will be when treatment fails us and we succumb to our disease. For some it’s how post treatments how the ongoing effects will haunt and hurt us indefinitely. I’m so glad to see how the effects of our healing circles can take on their own lives in our writing such as with writing prompts. We are all connected in such ways through both good and difficult experiences and you have the instinct to bring us all together in your labor of love. I love you for noticing and the compassion you bring to the community to reinforce the importance of keeping on writing even if it means at times laying bare what’s needing voice like sexuality and how we change after our bodies are not able to be what we once were. Much love and respect, aram cara.
Such an important topic you tackled this week Ilene – thank you for writing so fearlessly and frankly about it – I know it will help more readers than you will even know about x
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I certainly hope so it’s not a topic broached very often and certainly not openly. There’s so much loss and so much unspeakable loss in every facet of life when a disease strikes the very heart of your identity – especially the genders relationship to itself and to each other. Thank you for reading and for including it in the roundup on jbbc.com
I missed the cut this week because I was late posting.
I hope everyone is having a decent Summer.
Thanks Marie for featuring all these posts together ❤
That’s ok – we’ll catch up with you next week 🙂