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 »

#breastcancerrealitycheck – support a cure not awareness

This is what early stage breast cancer looks like. It doesn’t look like pretty breasts or pink ribbons. The artificial “awareness” campaigns like “no bra day” and “save the ta-tas” only serve to arouse young men who already have a hypersexualized impression of women.  Worse, the whole idea of no bra day doesn’t align with… Read More »

Book launch: Agony and Absurdity: Adventures in Cancerland: An Anthology

Tomorrow (Wednesday) at about 7:30pm Pacific I’ll be reading my chapter, titled “Window Shopping” for the launch of the latest Bay Area Young Survivors (BAYS) anthology titled: Agony and Absurdity: Adventures in Cancerland: An Anthology. I hope to have my reading periscoped – and if we manage that I’ll put the link in here. If you… Read More »