#WorldCancerDay 2016

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Mindful Monday

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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

How To Cope With Cancer Related Fatigue

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I’m a big fan of Doc Mike Evans engaging videos. Here’s one I came across today on cancer-related fatigue, which is very common during and after treatment.   Many people think that fatigue is something… Continue reading

Stories: Alan Rickman

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No sooner have we digested the news about David Bowie’s death, than we are hit again by another cancer-related demise. The British actor Alan Rickman has died from the same disease at the same age… Continue reading

Life, Love, Loss

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I am sure I am not alone in having that gut-wrenching, heart-stopping moment on Facebook, when this appeared on my timeline a few days ago. The stark reality is that Carolyn will never… Continue reading

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 I feel drawn to celebrate its ancient meaning. Nowhere is it celebrated… Continue reading

The One Million Milestone

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  Do you remember when you first started blogging? Maybe, like me, you wondered if anyone would ever read your blog. I can still remember the excitement when I got my first few blog visitors… Continue reading

New Guidelines For Breast Cancer Survivorship Care

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The American Cancer Society/American Society of Clinical Oncology  have just published new breast cancer survivorship care plan guidelines.  The purpose of this guide is to provide recommendations to enhance the quality of clinical… Continue reading

Every Day To-Do List

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What Does All This Tweeting About Health Really Mean? [Research Study]

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As soon as I saw the title of Alaina Cyr‘s research study I got excited. It’s no secret that I am fascinated by the research behind social media, so Alaina’s study grabbed me… Continue reading

Tami Boehmer: A Light Still Shines

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I awoke this morning to the news that Tami Boehmer has died. I feel heart-sick and shocked at the news. I have been worried about Tami for several weeks as she had stopped blogging,… Continue reading

Weekly Round Up: The Pink Elephant 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… Continue reading

The Power of Storytelling: Why Stories Matter

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The power of storytelling, as regular readers know, is a theme I return to again and again on this blog. I am passionate about the ability of stories to create a shared sense of… Continue reading

Today Is A New Day!

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Weekly Round Up: Pinktober Continues

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The picture at the top of this week’s round-up comes courtesy of Nancy’s blog, evidence of the “nonsense that goes on every October in the name of breast cancer awareness”. As Elissa writes: “I can do… Continue reading

World Mental Health Day

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Today is World Mental Health Day, which is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of… Continue reading

Weekly Round Up Is Back!

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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

She never even had a chance to hold her child

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I am heartsore to have turned to Laurel’s blog today and learned of her death. Another beautiful, vibrant, young woman taken from us. Earlier this year, Laurel was a guest contributor to a… Continue reading

My jet lag has jet lag!

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I’m back – jet lagged (even my jet lag has jet lag – as my friend Carole pointed out to me) – but happy at how well things went at Stanford. Medicine X is… Continue reading

Clinical Trials 2.0: Reinventing Research For The Social Age

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A big thank you to everyone who helped with the research for my article on the role of social media in clinical trials. Here is the published article.    

Motivation Monday

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What Is Beautiful?

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I’ve been a fan of Colbie Caillat, ever since her debut album Coco in 2007  I love that the album is named after her childhood nickname and that she was so nervous when she… Continue reading

Mindful Monday

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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

A Blogging Challenge: 15 Random Facts About Me

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I love the challenge Nancy set this week to share 15 random facts about ourselves. As Nancy says, “we are all about so much more than cancer”. And just like Nancy, I love learning… Continue reading

Weekly Round Up: The Independence Day 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… Continue reading

The Doctor/Patient Divide: As Far Apart As Ever?

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Yesterday I re-blogged Alexandra Fulford’s post commenting on an article which appeared in USA Today.  According to Niam Yaraghi patients are incapable of managing or understanding their own health and should leave it all… Continue reading

Patients are not total idiots!

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Originally posted on pharmaguapa:
Yesterday I read an awesome post by the MightyCasey in response to an astonishing post by a certain Niam Yaraghi in USA Today.  According to said Niam Yaraghi patients are incapable…

Reframing Cancer Survivorship

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Originally posted on Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer :
Today, on  National Cancer Survivors Day, I am asking the question who are cancer survivors and is it really necessary to set aside a day to…

What Joe Biden Taught Me About Grief

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I read the news today that US Vice President Joe Biden’s son Beau died this weekend. He was 46, the same age as I am. He died of brain cancer, the same thief… 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

Better Knowledge. Better Health? Making Research Relevant, Accessible and Prioritized To Patient Needs

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I recently gave a talk at the Cochrane UK and Ireland Symposium on the topic of empowering patients through making research findings openly available to them. It’s not enough however to make it available;… Continue reading

Motivation Monday

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Weekly Round Up: Life Is Precious 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… Continue reading

On Kindness

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Weekly Round Up: The Catch-Up 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… Continue reading

A Note On Perfectionism

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This one goes out to all of my blogging friends who haven’t blogged in a while, particularly those who wait for inspiration (and perfection) to strike. I know what this is like –… Continue reading

We Are All Patients. Yes And No.

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Originally posted on Future Patient – musings on patient-led healthcare:
We Are All Patients. Yes and No A response to Dr Mike Smith, Co-Chair, Patients Association I asked the Patients Association on Twitter…

Body image, Self-Compassion and Psychological Adjustment Survey

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Breasts have been a symbol of femininity and sexuality since civilization began, so it is not surprising that having breast cancer is not just an attack on your body but also your body… Continue reading

In Memorium: Lisa Bonchek Adams

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  It is with deep sadness that I learned of the death of Lisa Adams on Friday, 6 March 2015.  While we never want to speak of winning or losing with cancer; the… Continue reading

Planning Your Digital Legacy

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There’s a growing awareness of our digital legacy – the online footprint we leave behind after we die. I still get birthday notifications for a Facebook friend who passed away four years ago.… Continue reading

Medicine X: Ignite Talk

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One of my most nerve-racking, but nevertheless thrilling moments was taking to the stage at Stanford Medicine X last September to deliver my Ignite talk.  In it, I spoke about my favorite theme… Continue reading

Motivation Monday

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Wrapping Up Infertility Week

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  It’s time to wrap up this special week of guest posts with deep gratitude to Justine, Laurel, Sharon, Stacey, Catherine and Chloe for generously taking part.  In each of their heartfelt stories,… Continue reading

Justine’s Story: Changing the Definition of Acceptance

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I am a survivor of infertility. I am a thriver of infertility, anxiety and depression. My recovery means making the daily choices to manage the lifelong losses of infertility and the consequences of… Continue reading

Laurel’s Story

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They say that having cancer changes you. Not just in the obvious visible ways—but fundamentally, as a person and on the deepest of levels. Since my initial breast cancer diagnosis in 2010 I’ve… Continue reading

Adopting After Cancer: A Love Story

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I was first diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer at age 29, way back in 1988. The protocol at that time was to tell women to wait 5 years before getting pregnant or,… Continue reading

Chloë’s Story: Fertility and the Single Girl

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I’ll be honest from the outset. I’m single, with no children, and I’m 40 in June, and I accept that this current absence of love for another person affects the way I view… Continue reading

Weekly Round Up: On Death And Dying

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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

#MondayMotivation

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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

#MondayMotivation

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