[CANCER] Scanxiety and #BreastCancer

It's not an official medical term, but "Scanxiety is cancer patients' fear and worry associated with imaging, both before and after a test (before the results are revealed)." In early-stage patients who are successfully treated and have no evidence of disease, the underlying fear is about cancer returning and the dreaded implications. In metastatic patients, the fear is based in scans' potentially revealing a lack of treatment effectiveness or disease progression. Thus, at either stage…

[MEDIA] Talking Google Home and Jesus Christ with @PremierRadio

I got a call from Premier Radio this morning, asking if I'd seen the stories that Google Home doesn't know who Jesus is, but does know who Buddha, Mohammed are, etc. I had quick trawl around the internet, and a bit of Facebook conversation (only visible to 'friends'), this video demonstrates it quite well: That video also links to an article questioning why this might happen, and if we look beyond the headlines about 'outrage'…

[CANCER] Further Surgery #BreastCancer

This afternoon I signed yet another consent form, though I was pleased that 'death' wasn't listed as one of the side effects this time... just possible allergic reaction, etc. etc. - oh and likely slow healing of the wound due to chemotherapy. Surgery During Chemotherapy?Cancer teams are not keen on any form of surgery during chemotherapy, and I'm nearly 2 weeks past my last chemotherapy treatment (which means that next week I'm officially halfway through the…

[CANCER] Surviving #Chemo3 #BreastCancer

So, last time I wrote about the exciting topic of cancer, it was New Year's Eve, and I was preparing to snuggle up and see the New Year in from bed... and had some great company for New Year's Day, whilst the antibiotics continued to work on my ear infection (still got cracking and whooshing going on :-(): Lovely to have friends join me on a #newyearsday walk. #freshair #reddish #manchester #stockport A post shared…

[MEDIA] Has social media really changed our outlook? 2017 in Review (#metoo) with @UCBNewsTeam

Triggered by one of the biggest stories of 2017, the #MeToo hashtag, tied in with the story of Harvey Weinstein's negative behaviour within Hollywood circles, I had a chat with David Peek from the UCB News Team, shortly after Time Magazine picked 'the silence breakers' of the #MeToo hashtag as 'Person of the Year'. So, here's some of my notes in preparation, drawing on ideas from friends on Facebook, and some online research! #MeToo See: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/20/women-worldwide-use-hashtag-metoo-against-sexual-harassment…