Oppression of the disease and its treatment

In looking at health literacy from a socio-cultural and critical perspective, one of the themes I’m looking at is oppression. I had originally thought that I’d be looking at my experience and how the healthcare system (e.g. providers, insurance companies) was oppressing me – although I questioned the term oppression in part because the healthcare system Read More …

We need to talk about ethics and social media: a conversation

It is nice seeing the article online (I don’t have a print version yet). But even nicer was the memory of time spent with Marie writing the chapter. The time we spent working out the format, and figuring out how it would all come together. We spent a lot of team reading the seconds out loud to each other. We also had to work through regional language quirks. Read More …

Greater themes

In reading today’s post by Carolyn Thomas at Heart Sisters, she talks about a show on CBC Radio (Michael Enright’s Sunday Edition), and how the interviewer highlighted that illness narratives were not just about the facts of the illness, but also addressed bigger life questions. That got me thinking about what my illness narrative is Read More …

Critical health literacy, statistics, and treatment decisions

I was asked to choose between ACT chemotherapy and TC chemotherapy. Both were shown to be as effective, so the decision was mine. In making the decision, I looked at the potential side effects of each, as well as what the standard of care would be in Canada. Further, I looked at the literature and Read More …