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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 […]

Memories of yesterday

ShareTweet Yesterday was an interesting day. My middle daughter and I were invited to speak to a group of young student doctors. Fresh faced, open and with such a beautiful energy. They still have their training wheels on. And it is such a privilege to be able to speak with them, an opportunity to help […]

Stress spreads cancer

ShareTweet There’s some great stuff on Catalyst and the episode on stress and cancer is no exception. An interview with the Australian researchers who’ve worked out at least one of the ways in which stress helps cancer to spread. And there were a few things in particular that grabbed my attention. The first… The beautiful […]

Putting your mind on the job

ShareTweet These days I choose to make things easier for myself. Not just in the choices I make so I don’t push too hard. But also in the way I approach things. Simply put, I get my mind on the job. And it made such a difference through chemo. Putting your mind to it, mind […]

Letting go of fear

ShareTweet I almost trod on a tiger snake the other day. Lying in the grass beside the track, I just didn’t see it. And I was so fortunate. It reared and flattened but didn’t strike. Just inches from my foot, I would have been bitten for sure. My life flashed before me. And I think […]

The Day I Died

ShareTweet Death. It’s not something we’re all that comfortable talking about, is it. Still one of those taboo subjects. Perhaps even more so than sex, politics and religion. But as it’s going to happen to all of us one day, I guess it’s something we need to talk about. And I hesitated before writing this […]

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 […]

Pain, Pain Go Away

ShareTweet A young GP asked me about a patient yesterday. Very concerned, she asked if I thought her patient’s chronic pain issues could be related to his emotional and mental state. Of course they are I said, without a doubt. I take my hat off to this young woman being brave enough to ask the […]

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 […]

Nipping it in the bud

ShareTweet The experience of cancer can really change the way you do life, can’t it. Once upon a time I would have agonised for ages over how to deal with an uncomfortable situation. Well, I had two this week raise their ugly heads. Two relationships that are proving difficult and painful. And while I ushered […]