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.

This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11. For many of us this was our Kennedy moment. I can still vividly remember watching the horrific scenes unfold, stunned at what I was seeing on the TV screen. Terri shares her memories of that day in her latest post. 

When dates in your life approach on the calendar emotions arise. The events of 9/11 still have great impact on the world. While speaking to friends this week, on the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, we recall exactly where we were and what we were doing the morning we heard the news.

Yvonne’s beautiful post on 9/11 and Abigail‘s personal remembrance are also worth taking the time to read.

It’s the last week of Nancy’s summer blog hop and it has been so lovely to see so many of you take part. This week it’s the turn of Kimberly, Elizabeth, Dee and Ruthie aka Brain Cancer Babe.

Not everyone reading this will be familiar with the name Sarah Harding, but many of you will. A beautiful 39 year old, a member of a successful pop group, Girls Aloud, who died last week of breast cancer. Liz O’Riordan, a breast surgeon who herself has had breast cancer, has written a commentary on breast cancer in younger women.

‘I became aware of a common narrative emerging in the wake of Sarah’s death: that her cancer had been picked up late, so this tragedy could have been avoided, and that if we were all more vigilant, vastly fewer young women would die of breast cancer. But in reality that just isn’t the case. The uncomfortable truth is that young women get breast cancer because they are bloody unlucky.

The theme of self-advocacy rings out loud and clear in Jennifer‘s latest post.

A stark question from Chris this week – has cancer ‘progress’ peaked?

Connie reflects on stepping out of her own way in her latest post.

A powerful haiku on waiting from Julia.

Fascinating stats on our remarkable bodies from Kristie.

Barbara writes about how she discovered a coping mechanism in tuning into nature.

The therapeutic power of journaling on Surviving Breast Cancer.

Thanks to Carolyn, I’ve now learned a terrific new word – precarity – a word whose meaning – the state of being precarious, unpredictable or uncertain – will resonate with all of us I am sure.

Here’s another good word – not an unusual word, but nevertheless a good word – elevate. Cathy uses it as a way of saying, in her own words – Get your s**t together – and it’s the theme of her latest post – Elevate Your Health.

I’ve mentioned several times that I really should have a prize for the headline of the week because some headlines are just so arresting and compelling. This week the prize would go to Ilene for Soul Spelunking: my inner journey after a terminal cancer diagnosis. It just compels you to want to find out more!

Finally this week I leave you with a quote via Audrey‘s blog – it’s one of my favorites and an apt way to describe the support we give each other in this community.

We’re all just walking each other home

Ram Dass

Yours with much love always,

Marie xxx