Shedding Light On A Winter Solstice

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Originally posted on Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer:
Newgrange, Winter Solstice There is something very special about today’s date. In the northern hemisphere December 21st is celebrated as the Winter Solstice, and although I…

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

Weekly Round Up: The Crowning Glory 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

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

Weekly Round Up

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Today I am presenting at the dotMED conference in Dublin, and I am already anticipating the exhaustion that will follow this weekend. I am afraid that means the usual weekly round-up will have to… Continue reading