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 »

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 »