My Journey with the BCNA

My Journey with the BCNA

It’s almost 16 years since I finished my year-long treatment for breast cancer and sent a copy of my newly-published book You can get through this! to Lyn Swinburne, founder of the young and still relatively small Breast Cancer Network of Australia (BCNA). She liked it, gave me a wonderful endorsement and bought a number of copies to give away to women she thought would find it helpful. A year...

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Another positive result for acupuncture

Interesting to see more research supporting  the positive effects of acupuncture – this time managing the hot flashes (or flushes as I’ve always called them). I love it when science encourages us to be a bit more...

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Sorry, ladies, but if men were attracted to older women the world would come to an end

Sorry, ladies, but if men were attracted to older women the world would come to an end

I feel very sorry for older women who are looking for a partner. It must be immensely dispiriting to keep on being rejected by men you consider age appropriate who are in search of women half your age. This Guardian piece tells a familiar story. Stella Grey – a non-de-plume – is sharing her experiences with online dating and, this week, she reports that “it’s disheartening that men in...

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Exercise makes you eat more – unless you think it’s fun

Exercise makes you eat more – unless you think it’s fun

Does exercise make you eat more? It seems the answer is ‘yes’, but not for the reasons you might expect. According to the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, it has nothing to do with your body wanting to make up for burned calories and everything to do with rewarding yourself for making the effort. In two studies, they led two groups of adults on a two-mile walk around a lake. They told one group...

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Run for your life? Maybe not

Run for your life? Maybe not

I’m all for promoting the benefits of exercise, and it’s interesting to see there’s some evidence that exercise during chemotherapy can help to shrink tumours, but I’m not impressed by the image of people running, or the glibness of this researcher when he says “People don’t take a drug and then sit down all day.” People’s reaction to chemotherapy varies...

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