The coolest club you never want to be a part of…
The women of the You, Me & the Big C Podcast are your BFF’s, your sisters, daughters and mothers. They are you…but with dodgier cells and they’re too busy living to worry about dying.
We’re only onto the third episode – the first introduced the 3 podcast hosts, the second looked at how we hold onto positive mental attitude whilst recognising a grinning mad-woman look is not required as it looked at mental health related to cancer, whilst this week’s podcast looks at what we all fear (and I certainly did) – chemotherapy!! There are still so many assumptions about vomiting, hair loss, etc. and in many ways the management of side effects has improved so much over the past few years… although there is still a risk of delay in treatment from neutropenia (which I have managed to avoid – so far at least) – hence the need for many blood tests!
We hold onto that end date … I was warned right at the beginning to be ‘flexible’ – which I have been so far, but in my head now, 11 days left to go before chemo is done… and all the rest of things start!
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.