Category Archives: Navigating the new me

More time together

I recall someone mentioning that one of the things they enjoyed during treatment was all the extra time they spent with their spouse. This is something that had not really occurred to me. My hubby and I spent every waking moment (pretty much) together for 16-months while on our bike trip. Then we spent 1… Read More »

Neuropathy update

It has occurred to me that it has been a long time since I’ve talked about my chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy. At about this time last year I saw a pain doctor. Just in passing he mentioned the option of a 24-hour time released gabapentin (known as Horizant). It often isn’t mentioned because it isn’t… Read More »

Patient Health Literacy

I posted this originally over on my academic blog: http://rjh.goingeast.ca. However, I think those who read this blog are in a better position to answer the question I’m asking at the bottom – so please bear with some of the academic language. In Arthur Frank’s (1995) seminal book The Wounded Storyteller, he cautions “On rare… Read More »

Survivorship plans

There is a theory that at some point after active treatment you have an appointment to review a survivorship plan. That is, what do you need to know and do once active treatment is over? How do you manage your health issues post treatment? I went to that appointment, but didn’t get much out of it.… Read More »

Does participation in the breast cancer blogosphere increase anxiety?

I just read an article about eHealth literacy and anxiety and it got me thinking. Actually I’ve been thinking about it a fair bit lately – since my last appointment with my breast surgeon. At that appointment, the nurse practitioner told me “you have been cured”. It is the first time that someone has used… Read More »