The Old Vic is showing a very emotional play at the moment. “A Monster Calls” is a brief story of a boy, Conor, whose mum is very sick with cancer. He is looking after himself and his mum, he is also bullied at school and isolated from the rest of the world as a consequence … Continue reading Children looking after parents… How difficult could it be?
Cancer coaching sessions are a bit different to other coaching activities. Firstly, cancer= affected clients usually are attempting to “digest” the fact they have gone through this traumatic illness and its uncertainties regarding survival. Secondly, clients want to “get back to normal” as soon as possible. They want to speed-up their return to work, to … Continue reading Why Cancer Coaching?
The book by Audrey Young, MD. (2007) “What Patients taught me”, is nicely written and made with love to her medical profession. She finishes the Preface of this book with the following sentences: “I wrote and rewrote. Finally I recognized that the only thing to really make doctoring a human act is time spent with … Continue reading Listening to the deep and real story behind a problem… and why “technical efficacy” and “following the textbook” may not be enough.
The passing of Dame Tessa Jowell was announced yesterday. Since then, many tributes and articles have been emerging all over the place. Dame Jowell seems to have been a very remarkable human being. People describe her as warm, authentic, tenacious, a good listener, a fantastic networker, inspirational, a compassionate person. I did not have the … Continue reading We all can create a good legacy
The following paragraphs have been extracted from the book by Kneier, A.(2010), page 130. "...In the end, it can be good to face the prospect of death and to work on coming to terms with it, if possible. Too often, however, the kind of support that people with cancer receive goes in the opposite direction. … Continue reading “On coming to terms with the possibility of Death”
The above is one of the main questions that cancer patients and caregivers have when the treatment is progressing satisfactorily. What happens after? Many patients and their carers expect that life will revert to “normality”, this is, going back to where everything was before the cancer diagnosis. Going back to the job and responsibilities. Going … Continue reading What happens after treatment?
When one is diagnosed with cancer, the first reaction is panic and confusion. All the bad news about the illness come to mind. The association of the illness with death and ruinous effects of treatment strike in seconds. The shock may give way to a lack of sensation and more confusion. Then immediate reactions towards … Continue reading Can one conquer cancer?
The role of a caretaker is quite important in the life of any patient, and particularly for any cancer patient. When a person is faced with the news of cancer, the immediate reaction is the overwhelming feeling that this could be a matter of life and death. The whole life of the individual goes up-side-down. … Continue reading Cancer from a caretaker’s viewpoint: not an easy task (1).
According to the statistics and information published today by Cancer Research, obesity may cause cancer (BBC 26/02/18, "Millennials 'set to be fattest generation'. Available on line at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-43195977?intlink_from_url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/c40rjmqdl3jt/obesity&link_location=live-reporting-story). This particular cause of cancer has been researched in the past. The concern is not new. Other sources have published studies and statistics about it for a … Continue reading Cancer and Obesity
Cancer carers and its impact on the economy and society has been identified as a "hidden role". Why? Because although carers are everywhere, in hospitals and surgeries, at home looking after patients and families, fulfilling tasks in communication, financial and health support, etc., only those patients do not have carers seem to really worry about … Continue reading Who cares about the carers?