First Physical

Here’s a story from my second medical memoir about the importance for doctors to learn from nurses. The book – Healing by Intent –  will be released by HARP The People’s Press (www.harppublishing.ca) in 2021 First Physical Her arm dances a pronating ballet, radial hump and hard straight metacarpal ribs familiar as pictures in Cunningham’s […]

The second novel in my trilogy

A Boy and his Soul by John Graham-Pole A Boy and his Soul is the second in my trilogy of novels for and about children, teens, and their families, inspired by 40 years of caring for children with cancer. The story is a fantasy—but born of the real-life experiences of very ill and dying children. […]

Art and Healing — How can it help?

Writer, publisher, and teacher Cheryl McLean recently posed this question to me: “How do you envision the healing arts having an impact in these challenging and chaotic times?” She gave me three minutes to respond, so this is what I came up with. “I shan’t attempt to address the specific challenges we’re all so very […]

Journeys with 1000 Heroes

I’m delighted to say that Wising Up Press, the US publishing company that published my 2018 memoir, Journeys with a Thousand Heroes: A Child Oncologist’s Story, has just made it available as an e-book on both Kindle and Apple. At CDN $6.88, it’s a snip, so enjoy!

Art in the ER

I’m back to posting extracts from my new medical memoir, Healing by Intent, which will be published soon by HARP The People’s Press (www.harppublishing.ca). I especially like this piece because it’s the purest example of how art can be good for whatever ails you. Art in the ER ‘Maybe I don’t need a doctor. I […]

Allies

This is my third posting from my second medical memoir, Healing by Intent, to be published soon by HARP (www.harppublishing.ca). I especially like this story for the wonderful interweaving that Anne, our trainee pediatric oncologist, showed between her medical expertise and her deep humanity towards her patient, Shelley (name changed). And two months ago, perhaps […]

Healing by Intent – Prologue

I’ve just finished my second medical memoir, which I’m calling it Healing by Intent. So I’m posting a few extracts here on my website and on my Facebook site.  The last one I posted three weeks ago – Professional Grief –  was about the tough issue all we caregivers face, that of dealing with our […]

Extracts from my new medical memoir

Professional Grief Show me the data that solemnity ever cured anything, Patch Adams, MD  There’s a term for it. For the grief that caregivers experience when we lose one of our patients. We call it “professional grief”—a phrase that in its clinical dryness captures the all-too-rare acknowledgment of its very existence. We may be trained […]

Yet another review of Blood Work!

This review comes from writer and media maven Denise Davies. Thank you for your generous words, Denise! This novel tells the story of Raig’s development of cancer and all that that entails.  How this sixteen-year-old girl comes through a near-death experience, how she finds joy and healing through art and music, how she learns through […]

Another Review of Blood Work

Blood Work: A Review by Adult Educator Leslee Larsen, December, 2019 I’m delighted to add another review of my YA novel, Blood Work, this one from adult educator Leslee Larsen, who captures the essence of the novel as a chance for what’s called transformative learning. As Leslee illustrates so well, ’Raig, the protagonist of Blood […]