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This is a story about the Digital Health Workshop held at North Shore Hospital on 30 October. Six of us attended as well as a number of health care workers. Dave deBronkart who is famous in health circles as a strong advocate for a new health care paradigm, is speaking at a number of events in Auckland and elsewhere. 

The photo is of Dave, Diana, myself and a Waitemata DHB doctor.…

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Honestly, the first time I saw the radiation mask I was horrified. It was a ghoulish, white ghostly thing. It was like a villain’s mask from a thriller. But I wasn’t thwarted either. I knew that radiation could kill the invisible cancer cells left behind after surgery and after two recurrences I was pleased to have a chance to keep the cancer at bay.…

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Kathryn is one of our regular contributors. Her husband Greg was treated for adenoid cystic carcinoma not long after the loss of their daughter to cancer. I asked her if she had wisdom to share on how to deal with the suffering that cancer causes us. Here are her words.

The top illustration is of their happy place, their farm just out of Whangarei, rolling country dotted with native bush. There's one of the Parnell Rose Gardens, one of Greg fixing his car with his youngest…

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Another poem! Friendly Friday

Olwen and I are gradually building up a collections of poems for inspiration, pleasure, catharsis and insight. This week there is one of my old favourites by American poet Robert Frost whose short simple nature poems contain a world of meaning. I've left it a bit late but every spring I think of this poem…

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Xylitol - what's the buzz?

Xylitol is a "tooth-friendly", nonfermentable sugar alcohol. It is naturally found in low concentrations in the fibres of many fruits and vegetables and can be extracted from various berries, oats, and mushrooms. Industrial production starts from xylan extracted from hardwoods or corncobs, which is hydrolyzed into…

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Friendly Friday - Poems for Inspiration

We have a new section on the website that Maureen and I find exciting and we hope you will too.

I've rearranged the Printables section somewhat and added a new subsection under the "Printables" link above to give a section for "Inspiration". To get us started I've added three poems.  They are illustrated with graphics and have an image and downloadable PDF format.

Some of these have appeared before but now they have a place to be together.

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