Hi folks. This week’s MWB is a bit different than my average collection. I try to regularly participate in a Tweetchat (hashtag #bcsm) that is centered around breast cancer patients, their stories and their experiences. This week, I was privileged to participate in a chat that was focused around the topic of metastatic breast cancer (MBC). Not sure what that is? In the simplest terms, metastatic cancer is cancer that has moved from the original point of diagnosis to other parts of the body. There’s a lot more information right here from the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network. During the chat, there was reference to an active member of the MBC blog community who has recently begun hospice care. The passion, the pain, and the sense of isolation that came through in the chat really touched me. So, this week’s MWB is entirely dedicated to some of the amazing blogs about breast cancer and metastatic breast cancer.
Let me lead it off with this incredible post from the Band Back Together blog. The post is specifically about how to respond to a friend who has been diagnosed with cancer. It is detailed, and specific, and compassionate. While it is written about cancer, the advice in this post would apply equally well to approaching anyone facing a difficult challenge that you don’t understand.
The passionate, powerful, Rachel from the Cancer Culture Chronicles writes a take on the new year’s resolution issue from the perspective of MBC. I always appreciate Rachel’s raw honesty–and her take on responding to a high school reunion invite is a great reality check.
Nancy, of Nancy’s Point, reminds us that there is no such thing as a “typical” cancer diagnosis. She also does a great job of reminding us that, after diagnosis, there is really no “end” to the experience of cancer.
At the Chemobabe blog, Lani, states that “Maintaining a sense of ourselves is one of the unanticipated challenges of cancer treatment.” She shares a bit of her journey and also talks about a book that she felt did a great job of capturing the experience of breast cancer.
I hope that as you read these powerful voices that they inspire you to reach out–for support if you need it and to offer support if these posts describe someone you know.
Photo Credit: Metastatic Breast Cancer cell by euthman