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A tale of two kitties

ShareTweet Two groups of kitties really. Studied by a man named Sterman way back in the 1960s. In the heat of the space race. And it all came about when NASA technicians started getting sick because of their exposure to rocket fuel. Rocket fuel that caused convulsions in low doses and death when the dose […]

He was small, dark and handsome

ShareTweet Grief. It comes in all shapes and sizes. We lost our beloved dog Gus earlier this year. Suddenly and unexpectedly he was gone. The shock was immense. And then the grief set in. You know, that raw pain, that deep wrenching ache that nothing can stem, the guilt that maybe if we’d been with […]

What effects?

ShareTweet I once met a man who laughed at the very idea that there could be side-effects to drugs. Because if you take something and it causes an effect then it’s a direct one, isn’t it. And there’s some truth to his reasoning, isn’t there. Everything really is a direct effect. Some desirable, some less […]

I’d give my right arm…

ShareTweet And some people do. Their right arm. Or a part of their brain. Or a breast, or perhaps a leg or a prostate. For my uncle it’s his right lung. The loss of a significant part of ourselves to regain another chance at life is no small thing, is it. Another of those incredibly difficult […]

The Perfect Set Up

ShareTweet It was the perfect set up. A woman primed perfectly to feel nausea on the commencement of chemotherapy. And it was so simply done. Unknowingly, innocently, almost certainly. But if only they realised the importance of what is said at the chemo education session. And in the doctor’s office. I am told it went […]

Unfurling

ShareTweet Sometimes I am the guinea pig. I get an idea and I just can’t help myself, wondering at the possibilities. And so I test out my theory on myself. It happened recently. While most areas of my life are better than I could ever have dreamed post cancer, there are a couple that took […]

Unclipping my wings

ShareTweet You may know him better as Malala’s father. The young Pakistani activist shot in the face at point blank range all because as a girl, she dared to go to school. Somehow she survived the horrific attack. A testament that miracles do happen. And yesterday I was listening to her father Ziauddin Yousafzai describe […]

I Did It My Way

ShareTweet It’s a strange thing this expectation that to be a patient is to be expected to voluntarily hand over control of yourself, your life, to another. An often complete stranger. I loathe the word patient. So disempowering. Because as I see it, we are the most vital piece in the whole equation. Medical staff can […]

Loving my Amygdala

ShareTweet I was watching Star Wars with my kids on Saturday. And while I’ve now seen it more times than I can count, I am still amazed at how I hear the same things in new ways. The emotional intelligence in this movie is way ahead of its time. Drives my kids mad because they […]

Houston we have a problem

ShareTweet The world looks different when you’re floating in space. Same universe. Just a completely different perspective. And a different experience. So when two oncologists have such different perspectives on the same treatment does it make one wrong? Or are they simply different. Perhaps two different ways of looking at the same thing. Only thing […]