Category Archives: perspective on illness: healthcare professional

Finding help from without…and from within!

First things first in this blog: I want to make a further, albeit brief and general, comment about surgical routines, in so far as they affect the newly-presenting patient. Much of any detail concerning the immediate aspects of surgery is … Continue reading

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More about treatment and its impact

Continuing directly on from last week’s posting, “relief”, is a likely response, in that the tumour has been removed and as one might say, “Is no longer part of me”. Such feelings at such a time can be both real … Continue reading

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Treatment and its further implications (Cont’d)

Following on from my most recent blog, there is a central point needing to be made before we go any further; and one which should be taken on-board by all healthcare staff and patients alike. It is that whilst the … Continue reading

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COPING WITH THE SIDE-EFFECTS OF ANTI-CANCER TREATMENT 4

Let me attempt to sum up the contents of the last three blogs with a reassuring and in every detail true account of what, with a little help and no small measure of imagination, can be achieved. One day, we … Continue reading

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TREATMENTS “WHAT’S WHAT” AND “WHO’S WHO”

It is, from time to time and over the course of this correspondence, worth reminding oneself of the underlying rationale for such a website as http://www.coalfacecaring.com . This is, as has been made clear from the time of its very … Continue reading

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“Why me?” (previous posting continued)

By now Moira had undergone a mastectomy, radiotherapy and several courses of at first curative, but latterly palliative chemotherapy. She had suffered and was suffering massive body image problems – she had lost several teeth and had an ill-fitting denture. … Continue reading

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More of “Why me?”

The second patient to whom I will refer here was a 60 year old woman who upon entering my room deliberately and painstakingly placed her chair less than three feet away from mine. There she sat, at first bolt upright … Continue reading

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“Why should it happen to me?”

Throughout the blogs posted to date I have attempted to deal with widely-known and well documented patient (and carer) responses to a cancer diagnosis. One question which almost universally arises in the minds of cancer sufferers – both in the … Continue reading

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Responding to ‘bad news’

In this blog I want to add just a word or two to my last posting. This is because there really is need to spare a moment in consideration of the consultant involved, who so often has the unenviable task … Continue reading

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“I know just how you feel”…

The likely change in one’s daily routine as just one outcome of a cancer diagnosis, will almost certainly impinge on working, domestic and recreational daily routine. Yet it is so important to bear in mind that human adaptability to change … Continue reading

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