Today, I made it to a really helpful event at the Christie. Yesterday, I’d decided not to go (waiting for scan/results is exhausting, keeping yourself ‘up’), then woke up this morning thinking, this is probably exactly what I need. I was largely going because I’m hoping that our team will be funded for Macmillan research into social media/cancer, and I wanted to see the level at which dissemination took place. I found the event a good reminder of why I’ve been undertaking exercise, counselling, etc. and a reminder that many of the complex emotions whizzing through my head are pretty normal. A really nicely paced (short) day, which gave the opportunity to meet others in a similar boat, time for presentations with short sections of structured content offering opportunities to think about own situation, and some chit-chat.
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; second edition in process) 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.