Bijas of consciousness

A visit to a naturopath is one in which evokes approval, or amusement, curiosity and /or pity from others. This has been the case with friends, colleagues, medical specialists and general practitioners, when the word has spilled from my lips. It is as if I have foolishly been swindled of real health treatments or that …

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Satori moments

Breaking the bonds of childhood grief and adult trauma is a day by day challenge. In the regular rhythm of life, the ghosts of the past are silent until awoken by the remembrance of fear. When emotions are evoked by fear, the inner child calls for recognition, reaches for your hand and pleads to be …

Administration gremlin

Absolutes that are not coated in the sticky reside of bleak prognosis have been few and far between. A talented and compassionate, straight talking Russian GP summed up my concern in delay in undertaking bi-lateral mastectomy surgery, with these words, 'who cares?'. The goal posts had shifted from the original treatment plan in November, post …

Big Pharma’s Australian cousin

Last time I looked Australia was a democracy. I have since discovered that cancelling a heart appointment for an Electrocardiograph results in protocol which requires your referring doctor's permission. I think not. I appreciate that the $420 price tag with no rebate, is enough reason to cancel for some, and perhaps there is some payment …

Wearing an iron cloak to welcome in the new year

New Year's Eve looms and with it the expectations of resolutions and the setting of 2013 goals. My goal is as simple, to remain cancer free and healthy for the next 30 years. My first milestone is one year post removal of cancer, then my 2nd anniversary and finally, the passing of the 3rd year. …

The great debate continues…

Christmas has retreated with the faint sound of 'ding, dong, merrily on high' and the comfort of normalcy has evaporated. I have proclaimed my thoughts on chemo and attempted to round up supporters whose eyes reflect, 'grateful silent thanks' that this journey is not theirs. I had done a sterling job to buffer myself from …

To chemo or not to chemo?

Advocacy of health treatment options for yourself is challenging at the best of times, but in the face of a cancer diagnosis, it takes bravery to select options that resonate with your spirit. I had been struggling on a philosophical basis with the recommended treatment of chemotherapy from the moment the words were entered into …

New words for a new world

The following weeks after diagnosis was a whirlwind of appointments. Firstly with the breast surgeon, anesthetist,lymphodoemia clinic and my general practitioner. The breast surgeon discussed the pathology report of the core biopsies, examined my breasts and lymph nodes, drew on my right breast with a marker, announced my weight and height and recommended a lumpectomy …