[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…

[LIFE/CANCER] Taking time in the #LakeDistrict with #RosiesBarn

It's about four weeks since my operation to remove my ovaries. Physically I am healing well, the scars are healing over well, I've not had any infections. I am still extremely exhausted/fatigued, so although the surgeon only signed me off work fro four weeks, the oncologist added another few weeks so I don't return to work til 10th February (this was expected). Mentally, I have given myself no space to stop, try and adjust to…

[CANCER] Making the best use of counselling for #BreastCancer

Today it was counselling day, and I thought that with NEAD I would be super happy and starting to talk about when we stop...   View this post on Instagram   It’s #waitingroomfeet time again - counselling - my head is a jumble. Last day of work today before a month of switching that part of my brain off ;-) #busylivingwithmets A post shared by Bex Lewis (@drbexl) on Aug 1, 2019 at 3:01am PDT…

[CANCER] Life has shrunk despite #busylivingwithmets

Despite attempts to keep life 'as normal as possible', it really does feel like this secondary diagnosis has shrunk my world in the way that the primary diagnosis didn't. The impact of having to undergo further heavy duty chemotherapy and radiotherapy less than a year after finishing the first lot has had a visible impact upon my energy levels, and I am also noticeably struggling more mentally than I did before, trying to keep myself…

[MEDIA] Talking about Social Media, Young People and the @socialmediaAPPG Report on @PremierRadio

So, the BBC published this story off the back of the report I blogged about earlier, highlighting: The report acknowledged there was still a lack of robust scientific evidence that social media actually causes mental health problems in young people, but it said precautionary measures should be taken to minimise any potential harm. The report's main recommendations include: creating a Social Media Health Alliance, funded by a 0.5% tax on the profits of social media companies,…
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