Sitting in conversation with Professor Sharon Lewin in Bangkok, it is difficult not to be stunned into silence by her encyclopaedic knowledge of HIV. Lewin is a basic scientist, physician and head of the Department of Infectious Diseases, Monash University and Co-Chair of the international AIDS conference (AIDS 2014) being held in Melbourne next year.
I like to think that I am generally a realistic, feet-on-the-ground, faces-the truth kind of a person. Since the initial shock of diagnosis wore off, I have imagined that I am facing the reality of my daughter’s condition in an informed and educated manner. But actually, I’m not. I’m in denial. And never has that been clearer to me than this evening.
In a few days’ time, I will be playing at single parenting for approximately 89 hours. It’s a daunting prospect in many ways, not least because I am increasingly unable to carry the six-year-old up or down the stairs, and because there is not a buggy in existence which can be pushed once they’re all in it.
In a recent issue of the medical journal The Lancet, Professor Henry Kitchener, Emma Crosbie and colleagues publish a feature piece on Human papillomavirus and cervical cancer. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the sexually transmitted virus which subsequently can cause cervical cancer. Many strains of HPV exist, however strains 16 and 18 of the virus are the [...]
The 13th October is Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day, a day dedicated to spreading the word about the incurable side of the disease, the side where there are no survivors
There is an untold part of this breast cancer journey, an aspect that is overlooked by the medical profession as well as friends and family. And that is your relationship with your body after breast cancer.
Living with Rett Syndrome: Controlled crying, potty training and learning how to be ‘normal’ parents
When Hannah was nine months old and bedtime was proving a struggle, I dutifully read my Gina Ford, watched Supernanny, and asked every parent I knew who didn’t seem entirely sleep deprived, how you get a child to fall asleep without lying next to them. ‘Controlled crying’, came the resounding answer.
When you are ill you have to spend a lot of time on your own. Most of that time falls under the banner of ‘resting’, ‘recuperating’ or ‘feeling rough’. I’m lucky in that I have always been happy in my own company. Although I am also very sociable and chatty when in company.
While most people take it easy over August, the traditional holiday month, I chose to whizz all over the place enjoying various long weekend breaks. Unfortunately, the cancer also chose to pick up the pace and start whizzing around my body again.
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