Having had a mastectomy 2 weeks ago, I was ready to read another ‘cancer book’ (One I’d asked for as I’d found VIctoria’s videos helpful) after a bit of a break. Aside from immediate reconstruction the experience feels very like mine – all the thoughts that go through your head (I’m not going to wake up from the op), although I haven’t started chemo yet so still got all that to go. I suspect this will be another book that health workers could read to understand the emotional and mental aspects as much as the physical. As everyone says, it’s not going to be pleasant but it is doable … so there’s some useful tips for chemo prep too! The bit I really resonated with is the desire to keep working (as did Maggie Smith on Harry Potter whilst she undertook treatment) as much as possible, to keep some normality and sense of control. Who knows if I’ll be able to, but it’s good to know that I’m not alone in that! And who knew when I appeared on her show the day after the Brexit vote – she was still wearing a wig!
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Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.