Are you your disease?

My research looks at the first 35 weeks of my personal experience with breast cancer as I’ve documented it on this blog. A couple of the themes associated with my dissertation data analysis relate to learning about the disease and negotiating identity. I think that this graph is particularly interesting: When I look at this, I… Read More »

Infusion-fatigue

As I work through my research data coding, I’m having to read and re-read and re-read… the BCBecky blog posts from the beginning through February 3, 2015. Some of the posts are particularly emotional, as the memories come flooding back. In others, my memory of the time is totally different. When reading about my chemotherapy experience,… Read More »

Looking for theme validation help

One of the challenges I’m having with my research is with the identification of themes within the blog posts. I’ve identified 10 key themes that I’d like use, but I’m afraid that because I’m coding my experience, I’m reading more into the blog posts than what others see. In this way, I’m too close to… Read More »

Writing as inquiry – healing the emotional and mental pains

Richardson and St. Pierre (2008) ask the question what role has writing played in your research? (OK sort of). They talk about how writing as inquiry suggests that the writing process is both an act of data collection and data analysis. The traditional lines established in interpretive/positivist qualitative inquiry are blurred. It has caused me… Read More »

Remission society and mourning my fantasy future

Past Dinosaur Fantasy Future Prehistoric

I apologies to those who read all my blogs, as I am cross posting this. I’d love to hear answers from the various readers of my different blogs. I want to connect two ideas: the idea of remission society as described by Arthur Frank (1995), and the concept of the fantasy future that I learned while… Read More »