Category Archives: perspective on illness: personal

COPING WITH THE SIDE-EFFECTS OF ANTI-CANCER TREATMENT 2

Following on from my last blog, it really isn’t “rocket science” to appreciate that even short term and temporary impairment to such important functions, is hardly likely to find us in the ‘pink’ of health at that precise moment in … Continue reading

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COPING WITH THE SIDE-EFFECTS OF ANTI-CANCER TREATMENT

Toward the end of the previous blog I made specific reference to two questions which again and again have been raised with me by patients, namely; “How can I know that the chemotherapy is really working?” and “Why, with a … Continue reading

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TREATMENT OPTIONS: Chemotherapy Continued 4…

In my own experience of cancer patients and their families, the real and troubling issues which concern them most about chemotherapy is ‘how can I know that it is really working?’ and ‘why – with treatment, which is presumably being … Continue reading

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TREATMENT OPTIONS: Radiotherapy…

It is also by no means unusual or uncommon at such times as these to feel that others are taking more and more control of one’s day-to-day life. Consequently, it can appear to be the case that one’s own involvement … 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?” Concluding thoughts

Since those far off days of childhood, I have from time to time had to face the reality – namely that the “Valley of Baca” experience is by no means unknown in this present day and age. It may be … 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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“Why me?” (from the ‘muck and the bullets’ end of encounter)

In my last posting I considered the underlying reasons for raising the question, “Why me?” at times of misfortune and adversity. The aim of this posting is to provide a partial answer to the question; in this instance, derived from … 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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