The 200km Ride To Conquer Cancer… Conquered. It was the Best Weekend of my life!

Last post:                                     My Story:                                         Next One As many of you know, I’ve been preparing for this bike ride. And I’m glad to announce… formally, well, on this blog, that only 2 months after I was done with chemo, I managed to complete the Sydney 200km Ride to Conquer Cancer! I was scared about it for months… But when I arrived at the start-line… just seeing so many […]

7 Great UCAT Tips You Probably Haven’t Heard Before

This was pretty much a copy-pasted conversation I had with a friend asking for UCAT tips, so sorry if it’s not that well worded. In the time I did it – the UCAT was called the UCAT! But the principles, time sensitive nature of the test, and test taking skills are essentially the same. I figured I’d put up one of these so I wouldn’t have to do them individually any more and to help you guys out =P For those who don’t know, the UMAT – now known as UCAT – is a challenging pre-medical test every prospective doctor needs to […]

Giving to Charity is a Win-Win. Businesses, Governments, and People like us Can’t Affort NOT to Give to the Poor.

Last post:                                     My Story:                                         Next One Effective altruism is a movement that’s revolutionising the way we give to the poor. Peter Singer described it as “one that combines both the heart and the head.” The heart empathising with and wanting help the less well off; the head ensuring our efforts to do so went the furthest. That’s where the concept of effectiveness comes in. A hundred dollars […]

Stereotyping Cancer Survivors. I’m not brave, strong or blessed for beating cancer. It’s unfair to expect us to act like we’re brave blessed or strong for beating cancer.

Last post:                                     My Story:                                         Next One < A talk I gave recently on this topic: Recently on Facebook, a few pages dedicated to cancer awareness asked patients to describe themselves and how they feel in one word.  Here’s an example.        I liked how positive people’s responses were. I like how these pages are getting groups of people in tough times together. I loved […]

I No Longer BELIEVE I’m a Patient. Why You Shouldn’t Label Yourself.

The other day, I was out to dinner and drinks with some friends. Amidst our casual banter about work, life and play we somehow got onto the topic of depression. It’s something that’s affected my friends, family and myself over my 3 years of being a patient. One of my friends said something that got to me. “Being told you’re depressed gives you an excuse to not try to get better. Maybe if people who say they’re depressed tried more, they wouldn’t be depressed.”   He didn’t mean to be judgmental or mean about it, in fact, he was sincerely concerned for […]

Dealing with Loss, and Survivor’s Guilt

Last post:                               My Story:                                      Next One:     This Is Tragic. Bree and her friend Bridgette were diagnosed with leukemia, on the same day, at the same hospital. They underwent painful, grueling treatment together. They spent the hardest times of their young lives with each-other… And now that Bridgette’s died, Bree can’t imagine living without her… It speak volumes on our ability to love… And how love’s power can even outweigh our ingrained instinct to endure. It’s […]

Vaccinations aren’t necessary??

Last post:                                      My Story:                                         Next One: Anti-vaccination groups have pushed a scare campaign on the public for years now, claiming that vaccines harm, not help kids. But the truth is, this whole scare campaign really caught fire, after a literally fraudulent, made up paper, was published years ago. This video explains it well. Check it out.  Anti-vaccination movements have been around for a while, but this whole […]

5 Reasons Why You Can’t Afford NOT To Give Blood, and Join the Bone Marrow Donor Registry.

And Join the Bone Marrow Donor Registry Through my journey to recovery, I’ve said thanks countless times; to my doctors, my nurses, my parents and my bone marrow donors. But the other day, I realised that I must have had at least a hundred bags of blood pushed into my veins at some point in my treatment. That’s on top of the two very vital bone marrow transplants I had.   It’s staggering the lengths our health system will go to in order to save a life.   I guess only after getting sick and really needing those bags of blood did I understand the importance […]

Bone Marrow Transplants. They Seem Scary…. But They’re Really Not. And They’ve Saved Me. Twice.

2 years ago, to this day, I received a bone marrow transplant. It was the hardest thing I’ve gone through, as a cancer patient. I spent weeks stuck in a bed, subsisting on unsolid food, barely drinking and in intense pain – even with morphine! And for months after it, I was fed into a spin-cycle of maladies, starting with my skin feeling like it was burning for days on end without relief, followed by months of sickness and huge shifts in weight and ending with the a relapse and the knowledge that I’d have to go through it all […]

Nurses. True Angels in our Wards.

Last post:                                      My Story:                                         Next One: You see it all the time on those medical shows on TV.  You see a doctor, who could probably earn millions modelling on the side, running through hallways and corridors, hanging IV drips, getting patients food, finding time to sit down and talk patients through all their fears and concerns – basically doing anything and everything to help the patients through […]