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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 […]

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: … […]

I Did It My Way

ShareTweet It’s a strange thing this expectation that to be a patient is to be expected to voluntarily hand over control of yourself, your life, to another. An often complete stranger. I loathe the word patient. So disempowering. Because as I see it, we are the most vital piece in the whole equation. Medical staff can […]

What effects?

ShareTweet I once met a man who laughed at the very idea that there could be side-effects to drugs. Because if you take something and it causes an effect then it’s a direct one, isn’t it. And there’s some truth to his reasoning, isn’t there. Everything really is a direct effect. Some desirable, some less […]

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 […]

Which Doctor?

ShareTweet My uncle was diagnosed with mesothelioma in June. Fit, youthful and full of energy. Just slightly short of breath. And after the disbelief, I find that I am angry. And surprisingly it’s not with the makers of the asbestos. It’s with his doctors. Because when he asked about his life expectancy, if he had […]

On being normal

ShareTweet I went for an oncology check up again this week. I’ve finally got it down to every six months. And I feel great. But of course, instead of seeing my gorgeous radiation oncologist, I had to jump through the registrar hoop first. And rehash the details all over again. And again. And correct him […]

The MAC Scale

ShareTweet I was privileged to attend a dinner last week. In support of ovarian cancer. Raising awareness of the symptoms in the hope of earlier diagnosis. Bloating,  unexplained pelvic pain, feeling full, difficulty eating, changes in bowel habits or the need to urinate. So pedestrian they can be so easily overlooked. After all, could be so many other […]

To hurl or not to hurl?

ShareTweet That is the question. And when you’re given bags of anti-nausea medication with each chemo infusion, it’s a pretty big suggestion that you’re going to feel sick, isn’t it. Not to mention the anti-emetics you take home with you. Plants a seed in the mind, doesn’t it. And there’s so much power in that. […]

Little miracles

ShareTweet My middle daughter awoke last week with a torn ear-lobe. Somehow in her sleep it had pulled clean straight through. Strange thing is she didn’t even feel it. No blood either. But here she was with a tear straight down her ear with the flesh at the bottom not quite meeting. It was all […]