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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 […]

From little things big things grow

ShareTweet Stem cells. Little promises of something more. With three potentially life threatening conditions in the family, I’ve always sat on the fence when it comes to stem cell research. But now they are touching my life directly and I’m filled with great excitement. Next week I get on a plane to see the only doctor […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Keep Moving

ShareTweet They say when life’s hard the best thing you can do is to keep moving forward. And after watching Catalyst’s episode on Exercise and Cancer it proves it’s true in more ways than one. If you haven’t seen this episode, you must. Because what they’ve done is to demonstrate without a doubt that when we […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]