When I was writing my memoir, Chasing Ghosts, I used some of my childhood and early adulthood diaries. I was about to recycle them when I heard an interview with Dr Irving Finkel on Saturday Live about The Great Diary Project. The brainchild of Dr Finkel and Dr Polly North, the Great Diary Project was … Continue reading Dear Diary
I'm not so sure how wise it is to report the results of a Phase 1 clinical trial as a 'breakthrough' as in "Researchers have hailed the biggest breakthrough in advanced ovarian cancer for a decade after a new treatment was found to dramatically shrink tumours." (Independent 3 June,2017). Really? A Phase 1 trial of … Continue reading New ovarian cancer drug: caution please!
Those of you who follow my blog or have read my memoir Chasing Ghosts know that I’m near the end of my life. I’ve already nominated my next of kin and drawn up an Advanced Directive which instructs my care team - whether that’s the hospital, GP practice of palliative care team - on how I … Continue reading The ReSPECT Process
I'm an avid supporter of the World Land Trust which protects endangered flora and fauna by purchasing land to provide important habitats and wildlife corridors. Land is key to the survival of endangered species. Three years ago the WLT featured me in a lovely video, filmed in one of my favourite places, Southwold. The video … Continue reading Race for Borneo
Last Tuesday (28th March) I was horrified to wake up to the beeping sounds of the Macmillan Cancer Centre chemotherapy unit played on Radio 4’s Today programme. I was due to go for a consultant appointment there that very day to discuss my current cancer situation and was expecting to be referred for more chemo. … Continue reading A Faster Cancer Diagnosis
What do cancer statistics really mean? In 2000 I was diagnosed with Stage 1 ovarian cancer. The statistics at the time stated that I had a 95% chance of surviving beyond five years. Although I did turn out to be one of those 95%, living for more than five years without a trace of cancer, … Continue reading Cancer statistics
Free Angela Davis - I remember seeing 1970s posters distributed all over my university campus raising awareness of the campaign to free the African American activist from the prison where she was being held because she’d purchased the gun that had killed a Californian judge. She was not present at the killing and was eventually … Continue reading Angela Davis
We’ve heard of the Magdalene Laundries in Ireland, homes for ‘fallen women’ - including unmarried mothers - who were subject to horrible sexual, physical and mental abuse. But what of the children? The recent discovery of a mass grave containing the bones of 800 babies and children at the site of the former Bon Secour … Continue reading Beyond the Grave
My article When Black is Not the Only Colour appeared in Open Democracy on 20th February 2017. It's an account of being too Black for the adoption agencies but not Black enough for the political campaigners.
When Rosa Parks sat down in the ‘white’ part of an Alabaman bus in 1955 she laid the groundwork for the civil rights movement in the US. Just three years later, Richard and Mildred Loving flouted the ban on interracial marriages in Virginia where they lived, marrying in Washington DC where such marriages were legal. … Continue reading Loving