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Can cancer ever be a good thing"

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Can cancer ever be a good thing"






Post by Fiona Menger, Research Associate, Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University

Dr Menger blogs about how she was inspired early in her career by Times Journalist John Diamond and has recently returned to his writing while working on a study on the positive consequences of having cancer.

John Diamond, author of ?C, Because cowards get cancer too?As a newly qualified speech and language therapist in the late 90s, I was an avid reader of Times journalist John Diamond?s weekly columns on his experiences of being treated for head and neck cancer. Diamond was one of the UK?s first ?cancer columnists?, writing about his reaction to his diagnosis and treatment, and the correspondence he received from his thousands of concerned readers. His columns became two books, a documentary, a play, a TV drama, and were followed by many other cancer survivors writing about their experiences in the media or on personal blogging platforms. John Diamond conveyed to his readers not only that it was ok to write about personal experiences of cancer, but that it was positive to share his story. He was adamant that he was neither brave nor strong, but that he was, in his own words, ?a coward?, a passenger on a journey where he had very limited control. For me, John?s strength lay in his writing and his reflection. He was simultaneously eloquent and rude. Each day when the radiologist would ask, ?How are you today"? he would grumpily reply, ?Well, since you ask, I?ve got cance...
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