Dr Bex Lewis

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.

[CANCER] Developing Lymphoedema/Lymphedema

So, all our bodies have a lymphatic system, draining all 'the nasties' out: 5/32 of my lymph nodes, however, were already infected with cancer at my mastectomy, so they removed all of the ones on my left side (leaving no lymphatic system on that side). This left me at a 25-30% risk of developing lymphoedema (various people seem to spell this different ways). For the last few weeks I have felt pain in the back…

[CANCER] So what’s been going on?

I am struggling HUGELY with fatigue - I feel like I spend my whole week just about managing to fit in work (and yes, I'm still trying to do too much)/making food during the week, along with swimming/yogalates and the odd Pokewalk to try and improve my physical and mental health, taking Friday off (as leave) at the moment to give myself a breather, and using the weekend to do a bit more sorting (onto…

[CANCER] It’s Metastatic Cancer Awareness Day

It's Metastatic Breast Cancer awareness today. This is a tricky topic, as most people don't know what it is Many primary patients don't want to hear about it - but no oncologist/surgeon can promise you are cured - and as with the standard awareness campaigns - the sooner any new tumour is found, the better - so you need to stay aware too. This time last year I didn't know it was going to be…

[LIFE/ACADEMIA] Writing Scholarship in New Zealand with @VaughanPark

For years I have wanted to apply for a Residential Scholarship at Vaughan Park (above Auckland, New Zealand), and it appears that my research bid below, has led to me being awarded a scholarship/writing retreat for March/April 2020. I decided to go for it after a conversation with my Head of Faculty, who came to visit me the week of my secondary diagnosis. I mentioned that once I realised that I wasn't yet dead, my…
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