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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Trompe L’Oeil

ShareTweet Trick of the eye. That’s what it means. A French word for art that fools the eye into thinking something is real. And I’ve suddenly come to realise the very big difference this could make in my life. After the reconstruction I haven’t bothered to get a nipple done. Mainly because there’s more reconstruction […]

Teaching an old dog new tricks

ShareTweet It was music to my ears today when he told me he’d cut back the analgesics. This lovely man I’m working with. Like most people he thought he’d be stuck with the pain forever. And the more I search the research, the more I realise that the same issues that set us up for […]

Breaking the Silence

ShareTweet They buried her last week. A beautiful fifteen year old girl. Surrounded by people who loved her. The world at her feet. But for this young woman on the verge of adulthood life it seems was no longer worth living. Just fifteen. I look at her photos and it could be my daughter. It’s […]

Resilience

ShareTweet It was a difficult week back in June. The sudden death of a beautiful 15 year old girl rocked our community. Even those of us who didn’t know her were affected as we watched our children try to cope. They buried her on the Monday. Tuesday, we received news of the diagnosis of a […]