Health Communications and Health Advocacy

“Patient blogs reveal the true extent of the impact of cancer on finances, work practices, family life…they offer a window into the lived experience of the patient.”

~Marie Ennis-O’Connor

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When you are 34 years old, lecturing and working in Public Relations and Marketing at a University, you aren’t thinking about cancer.  Yet in 2004, Marie Ennis-O’Connor suddenly had to.  Her life changed with her diagnosis of breast cancer.

In a recent post on the International Journal of Public Health website, this Irishwoman writes, “A cancer diagnosis is not just a single event with a defined beginning and end, but rather a diagnosis [which] initiates a survival trajectory characterized by on-going uncertainty, potentially delayed or late effects of the disease or treatment, and concurrent psychosocial issues that extend over the remainder of a person’s life.”

The uncertainty, delayed effect of the disease or treatment and the possibility of recurrence are all…

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  1. rachelpappas

    Yes, Marie is a great blogger. In fact, this post of hers about blogging that you have reposted is what brought me to exiledtyke. I read through a few of your poems and like how you incorporate nature into what you are feeling (your analogies are nice). Good luck in your journey since cancer. I too am a survivor. Hope you check out my site – I focus mainly on how we can care for ourselves moving forward. http://www.1UpOnCancer.com

    Best,
    Rachel

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