Weekly Round-Up

It’s weekly round-up time. 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.

So here it is upon us. October with all its attendant pink ribbon hoopla. We’ve been witnessing the same message for years and nothing has changed. As Marissa writes: 

“The crisp fall mornings, the leaves changing color and pumpkin spice everything – I can see it starting already. The pink-tinged products are appearing on store shelves and in my social media feed with the same messages we’ve all heard year after year: “Early detection saves lives.”  A message, which Marissa points out, ignores metastatic breast cancer. 

For more of this do read Abigail‘s fantastic post on speaking truth. “Others,” she writes, “want October to be “just” about awareness. To be told that there is a dark underbelly of experience makes them feel guilty for surviving.”

I like Cathy‘s suggestion to reframe breast cancer awareness month, to action month. She shares share 31 actionable ideas for potentially reducing recurrence risk, and helping you adopt a healthy post-treatment lifestyle. 

By the way, if you’re interested in the origin of the pink ribbon, Barbara shares its story on her blog. 

September was previvor’s month. While Terri shares a guest post from Nikki – a previvor with a twist in her story, Georgia, a previvor with Lynch syndrome guests on Nancy’s blog.

Steve shares tips for pushing through pain during cancer treatment.

Sarah writes of her rollercoaster ride with cancer – but it’s a rollercoaster that seems to be only going downwards. 

Maureen shares some hope amid a turbulent month for her. 

Hope too is the theme of Connie‘s latest post. 

Kristie writes this week on the theme of vulnerability and cancer. 

Powerful poem – Ode to Calling for Silence – by Ilene.

Well done to Gogs on making his prostrate cancer book free to download recently – 2,394 downloads to date – that’s quite the achievement!

A very interesting post exploring the concept of “tragic optimism – the search for meaning during the inevitable tragedies of human existence” from Lisa this week. 

Thoughtful post by Carolyn on how sometimes walking away can be the wisest and most thoughtful choice we could possibly make.

Nice round-up of uplifting mental health resources by Kate at A Fresh Chapter.

Finally this week, a small request. I’m putting together a collection of lessons learned from breast cancer and I’d love to share yours. Here are my personal lessons. 

Leave a comment below to share yours. 

Until next week

Yours with much love always,

Marie xxx