ePatient health literacies

I have been thinking about my conference presentation at the health humanities conference last week. I looked at the different things I communicated on my blog, as well as the deferent knowledges that I developed. I took these and proposed a set of patient health literacies. It occurs to me now, that what they really… Read More »

Blogging as Health Literacy – A Survivor’s Story #healthhum2017

Hogue, R. J. (April 10, 2017) [Conference Presentation]. Blogging as Health Literacy – A Survivor’s Story. Health Humanities Consortium, Houston, TX. Abstract: When someone is diagnosed with cancer one of the most common pieces of advice from health professionals is “do not use the internet”. However, it is inevitable that many patients return home and… Read More »

Reflecting on data analysis – categorizing posts

In order to find it easier to identify ideal posts for themes, and to setup for the graphing of themes over time, I’ve listed all my posts in a spreadsheet and I’m listing which ones provide good examples of the key themes that emerged during my initial read through of my blog. Specifically, I’m identifying… Read More »

The Cost of Appearances

In reading the chapter ‘The Cost of Appearances’ in Arthur Frank’s (1991) At the Will of the Body, reminded me of my first Doxorubicin (Adriamycin other wise referred to as A chemo) chemotherapy injection. I wrote about the experience very briefly in a post The First Day Of Chemo on my blog. In my blog post,… Read More »

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 »

Themes over time

One of the data analysis ideas is to look at the themes over time. That is, when do certain themes emerge and are they more or less present over different time intervals. One way to look at this would be to map out themes over time and present it as a stacked bar graph. Themes… 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 »