Poetry Friday

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Daisy Goodwin writing in the Sunday Times last week, declared that “a good poem is better for you than pills or therapy”. I have to confess that despite my love of poetry, I don’t… Continue reading

World Cancer Day

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Today, 4 February is designated World Cancer Day to raise awareness of the global impact of cancer and increase understanding of prevention, detection, treatment and care. It is led by the International Union… Continue reading

On joy

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“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”  Thich Nhat Hanh “Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy… Continue reading

Minimally invasive approach may help curtail spread of cancer

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Interesting  and a little personally frustrating  to read that new research claims breast cancer patients benefit from a minimally invasive procedure to curtail the spread of cancer after the tumour has been removed.… Continue reading

Christina Applegate speaks of her breast cancer experience

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Oprah recently interviewed Christina Applegate and I was struck by her telling Oprah that before she went in for her surgery, she staged her first—and last—nude photo shoot. “I made sure that I… Continue reading

The Wounded Storyteller

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The Wounded Storyteller is the title of a book by Arthur Frank which portrays  individuals  who live with some form of illness or disability in what he terms  “remission society.”  His basic premise… Continue reading

Meat Free Monday

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Back to soups again this week and I make no apologies for it! Soups are such a versatile way to pack in lots of healthy goodness into your diet. I love trying out new… Continue reading

Dexter’s right to privacy

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At the recent Golden Globes award ceremony, it emerged that actor Michael C. Hall, who won his first Golden Globe for his TV role of “Dexter, has been undergoing treatment for  cancer. Hall revealed that… Continue reading

Releasing emotional pain

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Today I would like to share a beautiful reflection by my friend Taiya Evras on releasing emotional pain. I feel sure you will inspired by it as much as I have been. Heavy,… Continue reading

Personalised cancer treatment a step closer

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A genetic test could one day spot breast cancer patients most at risk of relapsing after treatment with a commonly used powerful chemotherapy. US researchers tested tumours for activity from two genes which… Continue reading