[CANCER] A few things I wish I’d known before my surgery/mastectomy #BreastCancer #BreastCancerRealities

It was only just over a month ago that I was diagnosed with breast cancer - I had a pretty good idea it was likely the week before, but it took til 30th August for tests to confirm the diagnosis. It's all happened pretty fast - one minute I was trying to finish an academic article for submission, starting to think about teaching prep, and stocking up meals ready for the start of term -…

#EmptyShelf17 #32-38 – Mostly to do with #BreastCancer

It's been a long week since my last post when I was trying to distract myself from the thought of surgery the next day! I didn't get through that next day without tears, but I did get through it! Very early start, lots of questions, tests, lovely gown, etc. but once the anaesthetist finally found a vein (yes, they are that bad) I don't remember anything else until someone said a gentle 'hello' to my…

[CANCER] Waiting for Surgery #BreastCancer

So, I'm sat in bed, with the alarm set for 5.30am, with a need to be at the hospital for 6.30am, praying that I am first on the surgeon's list tomorrow and honestly, just praying that I wake up at the other end of it, minus the cancerous lump that has become a bit painful to-be-honest. I don't know how much I'm going to blog about this, but sometimes I clearly will - it's part…

[CANCER] Breasts, boobs, whatever, do I really need to talk about them? #BreastCancer

Unfortunately for me, who's quite happy not to draw attention to mine, I have spent much of the last few weeks with mine being poked, prodded, examined, mammogramed, ultrasounded, biopsied, and otherwise examined... and next week I will become a 'uni-boober', with my entire left breast and lymph nodes being removed in surgery at Stepping Hill Hospital. Once I got over the initial shock, I have developed quite a sense of black humour about various…

[SPEAKER] Fake News at @StJohnsDurham

Today I was due to speak at St John's College, Durham, as part of a panel addressing Fake News, but have been unable to make it, so sharing some of my (unfinished) prep here. Reason here: Not the party anyone particularly wants to join, but diagnosed yesterday: #BreastCancer. Find out treatment plan next week. #talkaboutit pic.twitter.com/3WDE9I9Qjq — Dr Bex Lewis (@drbexl) August 31, 2017 Greenbelt Panel I listened to an interesting panel on fake news…
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