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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 […]

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: … […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]