Category Archives: Research notes

Research notes is a space for me to blog about the research process.

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »