Category Archives: Opinion

Driving, chemobrain, and respectfully acknowledging side effects

While driving back from a nice long weekend at Yosemite, I found myself singing along to music while simultaneously navigating through an interchange of highway on and off ramps, to get to the right place. What struck me then, was that I must be getting back to some form of cognitive health. Cancer plays havoc… 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 »

Health (illness) bloggers

In my literature review for my research I came across a great article (Keating & Rains, 2015) on the social support health (illness) bloggers receive. The article does a good job looking at social support of bloggers over a three year period. One of the things that came clear in the article is the use… Read More »

Mammograms and overdiagnosis – a hard truth to hear #breastcancerrealitycheck

Friday while flipping through my RSS blog feed reader, I came across an blog post about an article on overdiagnosis. Unfortunately, I cannot remember where it was or I’d link back to it. The blog post was talking about recent research study: Welch, H. G., Prorok, P. C., O’Malley, A. J., & Kramer, B. S.… Read More »

Trivializing rather than educating … #breastcancerrealitycheck

Get your tickets today to meet our panel of famous judges: <redacted>, Olympic Gold Medalist and World Cup Champion, <redacted>, First Lady of <city> and <redacted>, head of <radacted> Center for BRCA Research as they judge our unique display of decorated bras! <cancer charity> Board Member, <redacted> will discuss new breast reconstruction developments and a special patient will share… Read More »