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 »

Teaching in Higher Ed Podcast

I had an opportunity to be interviewed for a Podcast by Teaching in Higher Ed. The session focused on my research on breast cancer blogging. I thought they did an excellent job with the production, and I’m quite proud of the interview. You can view it here: http://teachinginhighered.com/podcast/giving-voice-face-illness-experience/  

Analysis of narratives versus narrative inquiry

Yesterday, I read a great article by Bochner & Riggs (2014) about narrative inquiry. In it, they use a framework defined by Polkinghorne (1995) to differentiate between analysis-of-narrative (or narratives-under-analysis) and narrative inquiry. I found this particularly interesting in part because my research seems to be using both. “In Polkinghorne’s (1995) schema, analysis of narratives… Read More »

When did my audience change?

As I re-read through my blog yet one more time, I find myself wondering – when did my sense of blog audience change? I didn’t start my blog with a specific audience in mind. I wrote it for me, but also for my family and friends – so they would know what was going on.… Read More »

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 »