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.

[MEDIA] Conversation with @BeckyWant on @BBCRadioManc re Cancer and COVID (and Week 4 of Treatment)

As you may be aware, including from my BBC Radio 5 and BBC Radio 4 programmes, one of many things that has been disrupted by coronavirus, is cancer treatment - both initial diagnostics, and the ongoing treatment for those of us with incurable cancer ... Breakfast Show, BBC Radio Manchester Anyway, Friday morning, I was up early to chat to Becky Want (and immediately fell asleep again) at just after 7:10am (go to 1:11, through…

[CANCER] Week 3 of Treatment: Plodding Along

And there we are, another week has passed since I blogged, so I'm now 3/18 treatments of the current plan (before I get scanned, and we see if this drug is doing anything, and if it is, we keep going). Friday/Weekend So, still making sure I get out for that little walk every day (Fri/Sat - with a 'Bear Hug' in the post) - some days it's 1500 steps, some it's more ... all feels…

[CANCER/MEDIA] Talking with @Sarah_Montague on @BBCWorldatOne on @BBCRadio4

This morning I was rung by the production team from World at One, on BBC Radio 4, who had heard my BBC Radio 5 Live piece, and wanted to run something similar. There is a lot of rumbling about the number of people who have missed diagnoses (anticipated 18,000-35,000), and how those with ongoing treatment (such as me) have been affected by COVID and its impact upon health services. (Listen here; Audio file) There's a…

[CANCER/MEDIA] Talking with @StephenNolan, @SaraBainbridge, @NicMurray & @larba74 about Cancer and COVID.

Last night I spoke to Stephen Nolan, along with Sara Bainbridge from Macmillan, and fellow cancer patients Lara Montgomery and Nic Murray (we largely spoke in that order, although there's a bit of interjection), about what it has been like to undergo cancer treatment/progression whilst the pandemic continues, how it has affected diagnostics and treatment, and ultimately, the potential impact upon our prognosis. The interview starts at 31:20, through til 1:00:42 - and although we…

[CANCER] Week 2 of Treatment … Resting AND Seeking to be #BusyLivingWithMets

Another week has passed since I last blogged about treatment - and I guess this is going to start getting repetitive, but at the moment, things are still changing... if more slowly! Friday/Saturday Gentle days - Friday/Saturday felt like all the energy had leached out of my body (that may be the sudden drop off from steroids) - with gentle walks and chats with friends (and my Power of Attorney paperwork finally turned up). Sunday…
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