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“Patient blogs reveal the true extent of the impact of cancer on finances, work practices, family life…they offer a window into the lived experience of the patient.”
When you are 34 years old, lecturing and working in Public Relations and Marketing at a University, you aren’t thinking about cancer. Yet in 2004, Marie Ennis-O’Connor suddenly had to. Her life changed with her diagnosis of breast cancer.
In a recent post on the International Journal of Public Health website, this Irishwoman writes, “A cancer diagnosis is not just a single event with a defined beginning and end, but rather a diagnosis [which] initiates a survival trajectory characterized by on-going uncertainty, potentially delayed or late effects of the disease or treatment, and concurrent psychosocial issues that extend over the remainder of a person’s life.”
The uncertainty, delayed effect of the disease or treatment and the possibility of recurrence are all…
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Really enjoyed the post. I’d wondered if I were the only one who found the aftermath of treatment to be just as difficult, even if in a different way. That’s why I started my blog. It seemed so quiet in the blogosphere, but I was certain I couldn’t be the only one who struggled. Thanks, Marie, for your dedication and providing a safe place for us all.
You are the heart of the breast cancer online community, and we thank you for bringing us together and championing us individually.
Wow! what an insightful post – thanks for sharing and for all you do Marie to highlight what it is like in the aftermath of cancer treatment.