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The truth of it

ShareTweet The truth is I don’t know where to start, because it’s been a bit of a year. You see a while back I had another one of those dreams. I dreamed I’d had a recurrence. The dream seemed a little strange, but without a sting in its tail, I soon forgot it. No fear. […]

Does the mind matter?

ShareTweet I received some feedback about a talk I gave recently. And while the large majority of people found the content of my talk enlightening (which I am thrilled about because this knowledge will go on to help even more people), there was someone who wasn’t too happy. The feedback went something like this: … […]

A Dog’s Life

ShareTweet So my daughter’s boyfriend has in recent months adopted this gorgeous little puppy called Guinevere. Tan in colour, rolls of skin, a gentle nature and those sad doggy eyes to match. She’s just beautiful and loads of fun along with her sister Boadacea. Last week the dynamic duo reached the required age to be […]

Reframing the picture

ShareTweet My husband heard a beautiful story the other day about a woman just about to embark on the trip of a lifetime to Paris. Fortunately, the leg she had broken just weeks earlier had healed just in time. But en-route, making her way through the airport terminal she tripped…. and succeeded in tearing all […]

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 […]

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 […]

Upside Down

ShareTweet We were enjoying a Christmas cup of tea with a family friend when he was struck by a flash of insight. An author who has just published his latest book, he suddenly realised where the inspiration came for the name of his characters. My two younger daughters. They were the names he had given […]

Compassion

ShareTweet There was rage inside of me today. Pure rage. I didn’t know what it was at first. I just felt rage at the hardness of heart that lacked a complete understanding of what it is to experience cancer. A complete lack of compassion. One human being unable to even imagine walking in another’s footsteps. […]

The Blind Spot

ShareTweet In his book The Emotional Brain, neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux tells the story of a woman. And this one’s a gem. You see this woman had no ability to make new memories as a result of damage to her brain. She simply couldn’t remember things that she had experienced only moments before. The more I […]

Fertile Soil

ShareTweet It’s been a big week this week in the world of science. Because they finally found it. A physical link between stress and cancer. Not that any of us doubted it. After all there’s been a ton of psychological studies out there for years showing how stress makes cancer worse… and to suggest it’s probably […]