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Cancer is NOT the problem

ShareTweet You might be wondering why I’ve come to the conclusion that cancer is not the problem. Certainly it’s an issue. And a bloody big one. But it’s not the actual problem. I believe cancer is in fact the consequence of the problem. Of course that begs the question ‘What then is the problem?’ As […]

This year of learning

ShareTweet I’ve learned a lot this year. About myself. About cancer. About treatment. And about what’s possible. I’ve learned I can come back from the ‘dead’. That a recurrence is not the end and that I don’t have to buy into the fear mindset out there.  That there is a ‘cure’ if I look inward […]

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. […]

Don’t forget your fascia

ShareTweet So nobody ever told me you need to look after your scar tissue. At least not that I remember. And despite my degree where we covered anatomy in those wet labs, I never gave my fascia a second thought. That beautiful web of tissue that weaves its way around every nook and cranny in […]

101 Not Out

ShareTweet My Grandmother just turned 101. Kind of an anti-climax this year given that she had the ‘big’ birthday last year. Especially since the retirement village she lives in was in quarantine and no-one was allowed in – or out – to celebrate with her. But she was in great spirits nonetheless when I rang. […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]