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.

Nancy‘s summer blog hop is hopping. I really enjoyed taking part this week and checking out the other entries. The best part of this challenge is learning something new about the bloggers I know and admire – like Lisa DeFerrari and Abigail Johnston –  but also finding new blogs to read – like Alene’s Journey to Badwater blog. I love how Alene describes herself as “a 57 year old Australian Shepherd mom to Velcro and Gypsy, partner through marriage to Dennis, oncology nurse now working in cancer research/data/technology, ultradistance runner, currently occasional writer/author/blogger/artist, and now recovering overachiever.”  #biogoals for me 🙂

Gogs Gagnon, a prostate cancer advocate, is someone I’ve known for the past few months, but not as well as I feel I know him now having read his blog hopping entry. Gogs very kindly sent me a copy of his memoir,  Prostate Cancer Strikes: Navigating the Storm and he mentions  in his post how proud he is that the book is distributed free to everyone newly diagnosed across Canada by Prostate Cancer Foundation BC

Another new to me blogger is Adelyn who blogs at On Word & Upward. A stand-out line from Adelyn’s post for me is when she writes  about her goal “to change the way I am identified – I am more than cancer! – and to change the way I identify people.”

Elsewhere in the blogosphere..

I loved Ilene‘s latest poetic offering the fabulous named “four connected haikus about existence and sake”.

OurMBCLife shares a special summer bonus episode with MBC advocate, Shirley Mertz.

Dee shares tips for live tweeting an oncology conference.

A guest post from James at A Fresh Chapter, on how accepting contradiction guides his cancer journey. 

Matthew guests on Chris’ Cancer Community blog with advice to patients diagnosed with terminal cancer. 

Rod writes about using humor to cope with breast cancer in his latest ABC guest post. 

Barbara offers tips on where to go for the best information on breast cancer. 

Sending good vibes to Sarah who is missing out on a family vacation to Ireland because cancer has derailed her plans. 

Good advice on proactively planning for the financial costs of cancer treatment on the Surviving Breast Cancer blog. 

Terri‘s latest podcast episode focuses on lymphedema treatment and surgery with guest Dr. Ramon Garza III.

Kristie reflects on three years of blogging. 

Both Lisa Valentine‘s and Connie’s latest posts shares thoughts on the solace to be found in nature. 

Finally this week I was deeply moved reading Johanna‘s brief fanfare for the ordinary – such a perfect post in its simplicity but profundity. 

Cancer has now been my companion for over five years. It’s been an unwelcome visitor, a deadly ghost, an iron wheel turning under the street. And yet my daughter lives, I live, my husband lives—and this first day back at school is a sword in hope’s stone. We claim it, it is ours.

Until next week,

May you find hope and solace

Yours with much love always,

Marie xxx