Category Archives: personal illness

Applying a Re-cap on Recent Postings

Let us for one further brief moment return to the analogy of the ‘coat hanger’ referred to in an earlier blog. We do, of course, hang different garments and items of clothing on different coat hangers and thus arrange our … Continue reading

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Appearing to Cope and its Dangers continued

My response to Robin’s question in fact took the form of one of my own, i.e. did the name Holman Hunt mean anything to him? “Wasn’t he a historical figure, a poet – or artist perhaps?”  Robin inquired.  I confirmed … Continue reading

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Appearing to Cope and its Dangers

I want, if I may, to use this blog for the purpose of ‘putting some meat on the bones’ of the last posting.  If you have not read it so far, it will help to do so, in order to … 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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Receiving ‘bad news’

I have already made reference in a blog posted on this website to my recent volume written, hopefully, for the benefit of patients and their carers. From time to time throughout the course of these postings I may elect to … Continue reading

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Coping and Adapting to Change

The impact of a serious illness within the family – especially where it occurs suddenly and without any prior warning of its imminence – is likely to appear to affect different family members in different ways. Just because a son, … Continue reading

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Introduction to Coping

The hallmark of intelligence is adaptability. If a species or a being – whatever its status on the phylogenetic·· scale – fails to adapt or change, it cannot survive. The human race has, again and again, revealed a propensity and … Continue reading

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Aspects of Change

Where diagnosis of a cancerous or other life-threatening illness has been confirmed and referral to a consultant specialist has been set in motion, its impact and effects will almost certainly be experienced by and within the entire family unit. Have … Continue reading

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Responding to sinister symptoms

Now to the task that I have set myself: it is no exaggeration to ‘say’ that some of the most disconcerting – through to downright traumatic – experiences in life, have to do with the discovery of unaccountable, uncomfortable and … Continue reading

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