Category Archives: perspective on illness: personal

Coping with Anxiety: an Introduction.

Let me begin this blog with a couple of paragraphs, simply intended to record and reflect upon a truly universal mental and behavioural phenomenon. Human fear and anxiety are as old as is humanity itself. Indeed, our sub- and early … Continue reading

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“Saying” and “Hearing”.

(Note. You will note that there has been a temporary break and short delay in the posting of blogs due to illness; sorry about that. SB.) Following on from my most recent blog, the difficulty in writing to you employing … 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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Treatment and its further implications

Having briefly reviewed the treatment options available when dealing with a cancer illness, it is by no means uncommon for another, less frequently articulated but nevertheless, key question to be lurking and requiring an ‘airing’; i.e. “Can it be treated? … Continue reading

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Understanding Fatigue

From time to time throughout the writing and posting of these blogs on anti-cancer treatments and their noxious side effects, reference has been made to the all-too-familiar symptoms of “fatigue”.  I need now to be a little more explicit as … Continue reading

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Anticipatory/Conditioned Side-Effects of Treatment (Cont’d)

Following on from my last blog on this subject matter, it might also further aid our understanding to just briefly take into account something of what we mean when we refer to a “conditioned reflex”.  Actually, the power of association … Continue reading

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Anticipatory/conditioned Side-effects of Treatment

In this particular posting, I want, if I may, to focus for a short time on a problem, which for many people amounts to so much more than just a “temporary physical sensation”.  Sometimes patients who are being treated with … 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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COPING WITH THE SIDE-EFFECTS OF ANTI-CANCER TREATMENT 3

Now what about the more overt and truly unpleasant side-effects of anti-cancer treatment? Feelings of nausea, the need to vomit and even retch, unpleasant though they are, are part of a more primitive defence mechanism against unintentional and accidental ingestion … Continue reading

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