Mid-Week Balance: 25 January 2012

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.

Katie Ford Hall at uneasy pink talks about recognizing the third anniversary of her diagnosis–and giving herself permission to own the anniversary experience in whatever way that she needs.

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

5 thoughts on “Mid-Week Balance: 25 January 2012

  1. When that chat was going on, little did I know that a good friend of mine was in the hospital in a very similar situation to Susan. After the chat, I received a text message and I have been walking around with tears in my eyes since Monday night. My friend went from stage 1 NED to stage 4 in less than 12 months and from “a spot on a bone” to “it’s everywhere.” In less than nine months that ONE spot, despite chemo and changing cocktails and clinical drug studies…. lungs, liver, bones, brain. She is in the hospital where I expect she will remain. She is 39 and she has a daughter under the age of ten. And I am destroyed over this. It was surreal to finish that chat and get this news. I’m still in shock. Thank you for this post. And thank you AGAIN, for sharing your voice with BCSM.

    1. AnneMarie,

      Oh, that made my heart ache. In fact, it inspired today’s post. I’m holding both your friend and Susan in my heart and in my thoughts. Please be sure that you make some time to take good care of yourself too.


  2. Thank you for the continuing support you give to those with breast cancer. Your genuine caring and compassion is indeed wonderful and much appreciated. You said you were privileged to take part in the chat. Well, I’d like to say it was a privilege having YOU there.

    Thank you for sharing these posts and for including Nancy’s Point.

    Thank you for listening.

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