Mindful Monday

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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

Story Of A Love Note

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Many of you know the lovely Karen Sutherland, an honorary blogger in our blogosphere. She is always so generous and supportive on our blogs, taking the time to write heartfelt comments when we post.  For… Continue reading

In Memory Of Jessie Gruman, Patient Advocate Extraordinaire

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Earlier today I was on one of my regular healthcare Twitter chats and I heard the news that the wonderful patient advocate Jessie Gruman has died.  I was so shocked and deeply saddened… Continue reading

Weekly Round Up: Repost Yourself

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  I mentioned last week that I have to step back from the weekly round-up for a few weeks, but that’s no reason not to share your blog posts. Please leave a link… Continue reading

Stanford Medicine X Conference

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I participated in my first live Google Hangout with some other Stanford Medicine X  ePatient delegates today. I still can’t quite believe I am going to the conference this September.  It is going… Continue reading

Curating List Of Breast Cancer Blogs

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I was asked recently if I would add a list of breast cancer blogs to my curated lists on List.ly. I think it’s a great idea and I have started populating the list with… Continue reading

The Path To Your Door

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The path to your door Is the path within: Is made by animals, Is lined by flowers, Is lined by thorns, Is stained with wine, Is lit by the lamp of sorrowful dreams,… Continue reading

Narrative Matters: Exploring Cancer Stories Online

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I am honored to be taking part in a special lecture  at Flinders University Centre for Innovation in Cancer, Adelaide, South Australia,  with co-host Cancer Voices SA that will explore the mechanisms and therapeutic benefits of… Continue reading

My Great Big Aussie Adventure

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What an incredible experience it has been to drive through the continent of Australia over the past week. Following the Explorer’s Way, the 3000 km journey through the heart of Australia is one of… Continue reading

Weekly Round Up: The Other Lives 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 Gift: Dedicated To You

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Following on from yesterday’s reflections I wanted to share this beautiful poem I came across today. I share it with deepest gratitude to all of you my loyal readers, to whom I am forever… Continue reading

The Motherless Daughters Club: Because Of Her

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I’ve been contacted by Jennifer, who is undertaking a community project for a leadership course. Her project takes the form  a blog where motherless daughters worldwide can connect and celebrate the lives of… 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

Would you go through cancer treatment a second time?

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I recently received the following e-mail from a health & science writer with NYMag.com: Hi there,   I’m a health & science writer with NYMag.com, and I thought I’d reach out to gauge your… Continue reading

What Are The Issues Facing Younger Women With Breast Cancer?

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Being diagnosed with breast cancer at any age is an overwhelming and frightening experience, but being diagnosed with breast cancer when you are a younger woman brings its own unique challenges. Facing a… 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

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

Mindful Monday

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Today I’m flying low and I’m not saying a word. I’m letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep. The world goes on as it must, the bees in the garden rumbling a little,… Continue reading

Malala Day: Sharing A Message Of Solidarity #StrongerThan

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Malala Day celebrates the birthday of Malala Yousafzai, the girl who was shot for bravely defying the Taliban and attending school. This year, she has traveled to Nigeria to see the plight of… Continue reading

Mindful Monday

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People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light within… Continue reading

A Zen Approach to Depression

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Originally posted on Therese J. Borchard:
In his book, “Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart,” psychiatrist Mark Epstein, M.D. tells the famous Buddhist story of Kisagotami and the mustard seed: A young woman…