This month I read:
I bought this book before my secondary diagnosis. Aside from our ages, the fact that Alice is married/younger than me, and I have triple positive cancer … oh and I didn’t bother with fertility treatment/recon … much of this book I nodded along to as she discusses the reality of treatments, the fear underlying everything, questions of body image and depression mixed in with cancer .. and seeking to write things out, joy in social media, finding humour in the mess, seeking to educate others! The book is written in a blog styled way, mixing vulnerability and humour as we try to find a way through the mess that is cancer – and how it will define us for ever (and we shouldn’t assume that that is negative), nor will it necessarily be a thing that means we’re so grateful for life that the depression disappears … and that mix of emotions as we’re told what seems to be good news but leaves us confused and still crying! Thanks Alice.
I first came across this book in 2009, so 10 years later I decided to re-read and reground myself in the material that I’ve found life-changing 10 years later. It’s amazing how many positives have been embedded within my life … crisps go out of date in the cupboard, cake is not eaten just because ‘it’s cake’, I’ve found ‘moving’ that is enjoyable … and it’s more about adding to life (rainbows of food, life-enhancing, stuff), than restricting and taking away!
I enjoyed this, thought the characterisation worked well, and as someone who’s been forced to think about death etc enjoyed the way the story was put together…. despite the theme of funerals/death etc it wasn’t a heavy read.
I found this a really powerful read. So much research is funded by the diet industry that there’s much less research out there that challenges what seems ‘normal knowledge’ around food, weight, and obesity that finds so much place within the media. This account draws upon a huge range of academic studies to demonstrate that there are other ways of thinking, especially the notion that we could focus much more upon health than upon weight.
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.