Category Archives: perspective on illness: personal

“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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More on Coping and Adapting to Change

In a recent blog I made reference to the complexity that is inherent in the need to accurately predict human responses to given stimuli. In certain instances prediction seems to amount to a relatively easy and straightforward matter. For example, … 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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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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“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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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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