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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 […]

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 […]

He was small, dark and handsome

ShareTweet Grief. It comes in all shapes and sizes. We lost our beloved dog Gus earlier this year. Suddenly and unexpectedly he was gone. The shock was immense. And then the grief set in. You know, that raw pain, that deep wrenching ache that nothing can stem, the guilt that maybe if we’d been with […]

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 […]

Houston we have a problem

ShareTweet The world looks different when you’re floating in space. Same universe. Just a completely different perspective. And a different experience. So when two oncologists have such different perspectives on the same treatment does it make one wrong? Or are they simply different. Perhaps two different ways of looking at the same thing. Only thing […]

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 […]

Happy and Healthy

ShareTweet Knife and fork. Black and white. Up and down. Some things are just meant to go together, aren’t they. I recall a friend pointing out another fairly significant one. Happy and healthy. Just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it. I went for my bloods this week. Just routine. I only do them every six […]

Feeling my way

ShareTweet Emotions. We don’t really understand them, do we. And I guess living in a society that kind of ‘doesn’t go there’ can make it very challenging to know what they’re all about and why we have them. Let alone to deal with them. And the experience of cancer is such an emotional rollercoaster, isn’t […]

Seek first to understand

ShareTweet Sometimes the darkness still comes calling. And I know it’s not fear. Much more a grief. A deep sadness for all that has been lost. The first month it happened it shook me. It was so unexpected. But now I have come to recognise it as my new normal. Descending just a couple of […]