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; 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.

[CANCER] A totally rubbish turn of events…

So, the other week I was getting my biopsy sorted, and we thought we knew where we were heading for next steps for cancer treatment. Cancer, however, doesn't seem to like being predictable - and having gone from NEAD (No Evidence of Active Disease) and clear scans, to 'a mass' somewhere around my sternum (which I've not yet been able to visualise because of the fun of being able to get in/out of hospital in…

[CANCER] COVID Testing and a Biopsy

Another week, and a whole lot more cancer stuff going on ... Last week I found that I'd finally got my appointments! So, this week: Tuesday: COVID Test It was an early start (for me - the pregabalin I've been given for pain relief has been knocking me out) - at The Christie for 9.20am. Freaked out the person doing the questions/temperature checks by saying that I was coming in for a COVID test -…

[CANCER] Another Update and Some Smaller Charities for those #BusyLivingWithMets

So, it's been over a week since I got my new diagnosis (I still don't know how big/bad it is), and by now I should have had a CT guided biopsy, and a CT scan with contrast ... COVID is playing havoc with appointments, so it's going to quite a bit longer before I know exactly what's going on. I now have a COVID swab test on 14th July (don't they look just lovely, not…

[CANCER] Yes, It’s Back Again :-(

Well, so much for getting at least 2 years, and hopefully 5 years on Herceptin and Perjeta. Apparently the cancer is back - and this time it's in my sternum and chest lymph nodes - to be honest I haven't got loads of information in my head as, after the clear bloods/X-Ray scan from New Zealand, and the insistence that the pain I was feeling was torn chest muscles, I thought it was going to…

[LIFE] Mental Health, Incurable Cancer and COVID19 – A Toxic Mix

I'm currently listening to Kate Middleton on YouTube, talking about mental health in a time of COVID19. Today, she's highlighting that faith doesn't mean that the very human conditions of anxiety and depression disappear, especially in current times, when 'the end' feels completely out of sight... although some people don't seem to be treating it this way. There's some hope with the potential Astrazeneca vaccine, but no guarantees. Meantime, we're all trying to find ways…
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