The fight against cancer, where do we stand?

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This public symposium will be chaired by Dr John Bowman, broadcaster and author, and Dr Muiris Houston of the Irish Times. It takes place on Wednesday 13 May as part of the 7th International… Continue reading

On courage

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“I’ve seen extreme bravery from the least likely of people. Life is about the moments when it’s all gone wrong. That’s when we define ourselves.” — Bear Grylls

Portrait of healing

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On the fourth floor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, they’re doing cutting-edge research on bladder cancer, the mechanics of cancer stem-cell replication, and the healing power of portraits. That’s… Continue reading

Beware extreme diets

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An article in today’s Guardian newspaper warns those who adopt “extreme diets” to try to stop the disease returning are wasting their time and may even be harming their health. Dietary regimes which urge… Continue reading

Letting the sacred grow

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I came across an article recently in the Irish Times on the Shekina Sculpture Garden, in Co Wicklow. Described as a modern sacred space, it is a peaceful garden with  a pond, shrubs and trees and… Continue reading

Tips for daily mindfulness

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The following are some tips for practising mindfulness in our daily lives. As I have written here many times (and research bears it out),  I believe that the practice of mindfulness can be of… Continue reading

Exercise can relieve depression post-breast cancer

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Back again to the theme of exercise and breast cancer. This time the research focuses on exercise as a tool to battle the symptoms of depression and anxiety which may be attendant to… Continue reading

Sheryl Crow speaks of her breast cancer experience

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Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. In this video clip from 2007, she talks about her fight against the disease, her involvment with the National Breast Cancer Coalition, her… Continue reading

BreastCheck delayed in three counties

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Again and again, I made aware of how lucky I was to be living in the catchment area of a specialist breast cancer unit, when I received my treatment for breast cancer. Isn’t… Continue reading

Blessing

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For all those who asked me to reprint the John O’Donoghue poem, Blessing, read by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the spiritual care conference: Beannacht (“Blessing”)   On the day when the weight deadens on… Continue reading