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.

Although we are on the cusp of closing out this month of February – and boy has it flown by! there’s still time to mark Black History Month by checking out OurMBCLife’s list of episodes that prominently feature Black experts, Black patients, and Black issues in the MBC community. 

February is also Heart Health Awareness Month and Carolyn is dismayed at how women’s awareness of heart disease is actually declining. 

Heart health awareness is very relevant to us as breast cancer survivors, so here’s a timely reminder from Cathy that “it’s just as important to pay attention to the recommendations for feeding your heart as it is to feeding your breasts – one indirectly helps the other.”

“Caregivers are called upon in the most unexpected ways through disease, an accident, surgery, or treatment.,” writes Terri as an introduction to podcast Episode 17 Journey of the Caregiver. It’s the story “of a thousand miles, two breast cancer diagnoses, multiple surgeries, and the story of how [her] son, Brian, taught me more about this role and what it means to be a compassionate caregiver.

What is your relationship with hope? asks Nancy in her latest post as she reflects on the nature of hope and realism.

A podcast episode from Shine Cancer Support on the topic of how cancer impacts our friendships and how relationships might change through a diagnosis and treatment. 

What’s the difference between being an advocate or an activist? Abigail dives deeper into the nature of both this week. 

Jennifer shares information on breast density and risk factors for breast cancer this week.

Leigh has compiled a list of patient and community engagement organizations or groups at cancer centers in the US. 

Audrey is healing from her latest operation and focusing on gratitude. 

Chris writes about fear and vulnerability in light of contemporary events.

Sarah shares her complicated feelings of guilt around taking a chemo break.

Becky is feeling content and happy in her latest post. 

So lovely to read Megsie‘s joy at having a dream come true. 

Barbara shares tips on being prepared for emergency situations when going through cancer treatment. 

Finally this week, Connie‘s writings about her online dating experiences has struck a deep chord with me as I too am paddling in the same dating waters. Her latest post is beautifully written and healing to read for anyone who has been hurt by love and shattered hopes.  

Until next week,

Yours with much love always

Marie xxx