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When Christmas hurts

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  I find myself feeling very much like the Christmas Grinch this year.  It’s been three years since my mother died – just a few short weeks before Christmas –  followed by a… Continue reading

Reach Out

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What Advice Would You Give To A Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer Patient?

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  I’ve just been reading 10 Tips From a 26-Year Breast Cancer Survivor in the Huffington Post. In the article Lisa Marie Wilson shares advice from her grandmother, who, aged 57, was diagnosed with breast… Continue reading

Draw Me

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I am so thrilled with these drawings done by Monica Lalanda, an emergency physician in Spain, and as you can see a very talented illustrator. Monica came to the DotMED conference last week at which I was… Continue reading

Where health and creativity intersect

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Originally posted on Jacquie Garton-Smith:
Being a doctor and a writer, it’s probably no surprise that I am interested in how two of my passions overlap. There are clear links between creativity and…

Rx Narrative: Story As Medicine #dotmed14

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Last Friday I had the great pleasure of presenting at DotMED The Creative Medicine Conference, on the role of story in medicine.  I spoke about how healthcare is at heart a narrative activity and… Continue reading

On Courage

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  Speak quietly to yourself and promise there will be better days. Whisper gently to yourself and provide assurance that you really are extending your best effort. Console your bruised and tender spirit with… Continue reading

Motivation Monday

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Oh my God, what if you wake up some day, and you’re 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn’t go swimming in warm pools and… Continue reading

On the death of the beloved

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Originally posted on Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer:
My beloved mother passed away this morning. Death Notice of Brighid (Brídge) Ennis On the Death of the Beloved Though we need to weep your loss,…

Thanksgiving Greetings From Ireland: What Are You Most Thankful For Today?

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One of the things I’m most grateful for in my life is that I feel part of a wonderful support community through this blog. While we don’t celebrate the day officially here in… Continue reading