Monthly Archives: February 2017

Critical and chronic illness

I find that when I’m writing I often switch between the two things – critical illness and chronic illness. I have thought of them as different things, but my search into the literature is showing that the term chronic illness is the one that is more pervasive. First I need to differentiate between illness and disease.… Read More »

Illness is an opportunity

“because illness is an opportunity, though a dangerous one.” (p.1) “to seize the opportunities offered by illness, we must live illness actively: we must think about it and talk about it, and some, like me, must write about it” (p.3) I’m reading Arthur Frank’s At the will of the body: Reflections on illness. I’m only… Read More »

Thematic Data analysis

One thought that I had with the data analysis is to take all the text of my blog and do a word count analysis – that is, plug it into a program that counts the number of times a particular word occurs. Then, taking that perhaps looking at it monthly, but then also by groups… Read More »

Overwhelmed with a huge sense of denial

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As part of my PhD research, I’m reading through this blog. It is an interesting experience. I wrote the blog, but I haven’t really read it. And I certainly haven’t read through multiple months at a time, from the beginning tracing through my journey – reflecting on what I wrote versus what I now remember… Read More »