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 posts have moved me, taught me something, inspired me, and I’ve wanted to share them with you. Don’t forget if you have written a post that you would like readers to see, just leave a comment below.

It’s Mother’s Day here in Ireland and the UK. As I’ve written about before, motherhood is idealized in our culture, and societal expectations about Mother’s Day can open up raw wounds for some. There are many ways in which this day hurts – for those families who’ve lost mothers, mothers who have lost children, mothers who are distant from their children, and children distant from their parents; those who never knew a loving relationship with their mother, mothers who gave children up for adoption – the list goes on.

If you’re struggling today, be gentle with yourself. And for those who know friends and loved ones who may struggle, an acknowledgment of their loss would be a great kindness. Send a text, write an email, or call them to let them know you are thinking of them. Validation, compassion, and kindness are among the most precious gifts we can give today.

Elsewhere in the blogosphere, a warm welcome back to Sarah.

Barbara honors the life of her brother who passed away from cancer.

Abigail’s latest post explores the power of language and its impact on our perceptions and experiences: “Our words can help. Our words can wound. Choosing words carefully is important.”

Nancy discusses the passage of the Lymphedema Treatment Act in the US and its significance for people living with lymphedema.

Gabby explores the impact of work-related stress on physical and mental health.

An informative post from Carolyn on the potential impact of daylight saving time on cardiovascular health.

Martha‘s latest Cure article touches on the importance of cancer prevention through lifestyle changes and early detection.

Jennifer gets a nice surprise this week, honored by Dr. Susan Love Foundation as a 2022 Breast Cancer Awareness Month influencer.

The wonderful Dr. Elaine Schnatter has just launched her new book, From Whispers to Shouts, The Ways We Talk About Cancer, ably reviewed by Rod on his blog, who writes, “from early public reticence to even mention the word cancer (whispers) to the modern information era (shouts) this book is most of all about hope.”

“Clinical Trials 101” on the Shine Cancer Support website provides a helpful overview of clinical trials, including what they are, how they work, and what patients can expect if they participate in one.

Julia‘s latest post reminds us that noticing and acknowledging the fears and vulnerabilities of others, even in small ways, can have a powerful impact on their well-being and can help to build stronger connections and relationships. 

Finally this week, please join me in sending love and light to Audrey who continues to celebrate life’s little joys in the midst of her medical setbacks. 

Until next week,

Yours with much love always

Marie xxx