Category Archives: Dissertation Parts

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 »

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 »