Mojo Monday

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If you aren’t familiar with the idea behind Mojo Monday, it’s a writing prompt to get your creativity flowing. Feel free to write about it on your blogs, or simply leave a comment below.… Continue reading

When someone you love has cancer

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There is nothing as terrifying as hearing you have cancer – except perhaps hearing the news that someone you love has cancer. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, it was a frightening… Continue reading

Weekly Round Up

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Time for this week’s round-up of the best of the blog posts which I’ve read over the past week. These are the posts that have moved me, taught me something, inspired me, and which… Continue reading

Cancer: Emerging From The Fire

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A few weeks ago I shared part one of an eGuide lovingly put together by my friend Gai Comans, featuring interviews with breast cancer survivors who share their thoughts on what they wished they had known… Continue reading

Grasping The Baton

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Philippa has set me a challenge. A writing challenge. I said yes. Then I read her contribution to this challenge and well, let’s just say… I have a lot to live up to!… Continue reading

On Being a Mom with Cancer

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Today’s guest post is written by Jennifer Campisano, a first-time mom who was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at the age of 32, when her son was just five months old. She writes about navigating… Continue reading

My Breast Cancer Story

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Click here to watch video  I really enjoyed the experience of live streaming a talk on my experience of breast cancer for the GE Healthcare Breast Cancer Mosaic. The video is a bit… Continue reading

#BCMTalks: My Journey Through Breast Cancer

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I will be sharing my story about breast cancer during a one hour live streaming session on Tuesday 1 April , at 10.30pm GMT, 5.30pm EST, and 3.30pm PST.  I would love if you could join me.… Continue reading

The Motherless Daughters’ Club: A Birthday Remembrance

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Today is my mother’s birthday. The third I have marked without her since she died. Her birthday was the last day I got to spend with her as my Mum; the next day she… Continue reading

Cancer Survivorship: An Overview

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Watch as clinical oncologist, Dr Robert Miller, gives an overview of cancer survivorship. He begins with a definition of the term (something which I know generates quite heated debate) which states that survivorship… Continue reading

You’re not alone, 21 inspirational cancer survivors share tips for life beyond breast cancer

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My friend, fellow breast cancer survivor Gai Comans, has just released a new guide called “Survivor Secrets – Empower Your Life”. And, alongside some other names which will be familiar to you, I… Continue reading

Still alive in a wound still fresh

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Inspiration can come from the most unlikely places. Sitting on the tarmac waiting for my flight to take off to Canberra to visit my sister for Christmas, I picked up the in-flight magazine… Continue reading

Breast Cancer Quality of Life Issues: A Researcher Asks “Are We Getting Better?”

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Originally posted on After Twenty Years:
In one of the most interesting presentations at the recent San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, physicians and other attendees heard from a researcher who has spent thirty…

Shirley Temple: Cancer Trailblazer

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Saturday afternoons. Old black and white movies. A golden-haired, ringleted and dimpled Shirley Temple singing and tap-dancing her way into our hearts in a little corner of my Irish childhood.  Not everyone shares… Continue reading

Want To Get Your Blogging MoJo Back?

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Towards the end of last year, some of my favorite bloggers stopped blogging.. and I miss them. So, I thought I’d see if I could help them get their blogging mojo back. Over… Continue reading

Do you really wish you had breast cancer?

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After the intense debate on Kellergate, I didn’t feel ready for another cancer controversy on the blog so soon again. However, after sitting with this campaign for 24 hours, I just had to… Continue reading

After Cancer, Ambushed By Depression

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  While the physical trauma is past, the stress lingers and brings with it days washed in fine shades of gray – Dana Jennings  At some stage in all our lives there comes… Continue reading

Facebook Memories: What Are Your Best Moments?

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Facebook is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and to mark the event users can share a video of their best moments, created by Facebook. I was surprised to find how moving this turned out… Continue reading

World Cancer Day: Debunking The Cancer Myths

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Today is World Cancer Day, a chance to raise our collective voices in the name of improving general knowledge around cancer and dismissing misconceptions about the disease.  The focus of this year’s campaign… Continue reading

Courage

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Trailblazers

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I have met brave women who are exploring the outer edge of human possibility with no history to guide them, and with a courage to make themselves vulnerable that I find moving beyond… Continue reading

The Angelina Jolie Effect: What Difference Did It Make?

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Seems I missed this study published late last year in Genetics In Medicine, a scientific analysis of the Angelina Jolie effect. You will recall that back in May 2013, Angelina Jolie revealed in… Continue reading

Cancer Is A Disease – Not A Spiritual Condition

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This is a recent tweet from @boingboing journalist, Xeni Cancer does not automatically make you empathetic to other patients or a nice person. It’s a disease, not a spiritual condition. Would you agree? Some… Continue reading

Guardian Editor Responds To Criticism Of Keller’s Article On Lisa Adams

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Chris Elliot, The Guardian readers’ editor, has today responded to the overwhelming criticism the newspaper received for publishing Emma Keller’s article attacking Lisa Adams. He begins by apportioning blame to the editing process,… Continue reading

Lisa Adams And The Victimology Of Cancer

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Yes, another Kellergate post today. No apologies for those who have heard enough at this stage, for despite what the Kellers may lead you to believe, you don’t have to read my ramblings… Continue reading

Is Lisa Adams a too public reminder of a private fear?

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Since I posted a summary yesterday of the backlash against the Kellers’ opinions on Lisa Adam’s sharing her experience of Stage IV  cancer with the world via social media, there has been a… Continue reading

Offensive Guardian article on Lisa Adams causes backlash

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Update: Since posting this yesterday, there has been an even greater surge in online commentary about this story. Here is a link to a more condensed version.  Although I read The Guardian newspaper… Continue reading

Motivation Monday

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Weekly Round Up: The Pursuit Of Perfection Edition

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Time for this week’s round-up of the best of the blog posts which I’ve read over the past week. These are the posts that have moved me, taught me something, inspired me, and which I’ve wanted to… Continue reading

What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

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We’ve spent the first week of 2014 making resolutions  about things we wish to achieve in the coming year. Even if we have framed them less as resolutions, and more as words to… Continue reading

Three Little Words: An Alternative New Year’s Resolution

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Have you made any new year’s resolutions this year? It’s been a long time since I have, but I know that many people still embrace the start of a new year and how it offers… Continue reading

A Special New Year’s Wish For You

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And so, here we are again, on the cusp of a new year, and I have been wondering what to write today. I could wish all of you who have had troubles this… Continue reading

Motivation Monday

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Debbie Millman via Brain Pickings

Shedding Light On A Winter Solstice

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There is something very special about today’s date. In the northern hemisphere December 21st is celebrated as the Winter Solstice, and although I am far from this event here in the southern hemisphere,… Continue reading

I’ve Been Freshly Pressed…And It Feels So Good!

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Since I first started blogging on WordPress in 2009 I wondered how the blogs on “Freshly Pressed” (  a showcase of daily editors’ picks from across the WordPress  community) were chosen and truth be told harbored… Continue reading

How Much Of Ourselves Should We Reveal Online?

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“Writing means revealing oneself to excess” –  Franz Kafka Occasionally when I write something on this blog, I pause before hitting the “publish” button and wonder have I revealed too much of myself?… Continue reading

Breast Cancer In Ireland

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Cancer diagnosis and treatment have undergone major changes in recent decades in Ireland: a National Cancer Control Programme has commenced and screening for breast and cervical cancer have been introduced.  Here are the… Continue reading

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

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I am always at a loss to know how much to believe of my own stories ~ WASHINGTON IRVING I stumbled upon this quote today and it really struck a chord with me. But… Continue reading

Shine Your Light

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What Do You Say To Someone Who Is Grieving?

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I am continuing the grief theme with today’s post. I hadn’t intended to make this a theme, but in the way that these things work, as soon as I place my attention on… Continue reading

Ubuntu

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Thanks to all of you who read and commented on yesterday’s post on grief. Once again I am struck by how much strength and comfort we can draw from each other. We should… Continue reading

How Long Does Grief Last?

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Two years later and I am still grieving for my mother. I still grieve for the unborn baby I lost the week after her funeral, and for the babies unborn before that. I… Continue reading

What I learned From Nelson Mandela

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The soundtrack to my teenage years in the mid-eighties was filled with The Specials Nelson Mandela protest song; in school I spoke as captain of our debating team about the evils of apartheid in South Africa,… Continue reading

Come Be My Light

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In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who… Continue reading

Finding Your Passion

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The ties that bind

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Cancer may have brought our community together but for many of us the ties of friendship have been strengthened through life’s other challenges and griefs. We hurt as much for the pain our… Continue reading

The problem with the phrase ‘battling cancer’

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Originally posted on Health Care Social Media Monitor:
See on Scoop.it – Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer Are military metaphors such as “battling” appropriate when it comes to cancer, asks Andrew Graystone. See on…

Creating new memories

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The vibrant purple of the Jacaranda trees which line the Adelaide streets have delighted me since I arrived here. They are such a contrast to the naked winter trees of home. I know… Continue reading

Breast Cancer: 9 Years On

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It seems incredible to me that it is nine years since my diagnosis of breast cancer.  When I first started this blog I used to mark my “cancerversary” each year, but I no… Continue reading

Happy Easter

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It’s Easter weekend and my sister is visiting from interstate.  I have planned a lot of sight-seeing and things to do with her, so there will be no time for a weekly round-up this… Continue reading

Mojo Monday: Metanoia

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Isn’t this a fabulous word? I offer it to you today as a word prompt for writing. Are you on a journey right now in which your horizons are expanding? If so, please consider… Continue reading

What It Really Takes to Listen to Patients

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Originally posted on HBR Blog Network – Harvard Business Review:
Medical science has enabled our health care system to deliver outcomes that would have been impossible a generation ago, and advances in fields…

Weekly Round Up

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Time for this week’s round-up of the best of the blog posts which I’ve read over the past week. These are the posts that have moved me, taught me something, inspired me, and which… Continue reading