July/Aug 2020 – Cancer and the workplace

Having recently tumbled down the HJH stairs in full PPE whilst on my phone, tearing ligaments and avulsing bones, the Osteoporosis, cancer and nutrition article was fab! It’s a good fit with The Disney villainesses of medical menopause article. 

The upside of my tumble was looking at the positive. I could still work (hind paw injury). I often use Yoda quotes while teaching registrars to operate (use your light sabre with care) so I went straight back to “Do, or do not. There is no try.”

Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs reminds us to “Whistle while we work” and have cheer when “Off to work we go.” So, who is working? Who is scared to go to work? Who no longer has work? Who now works from home? Who is an essential worker? 

Many articles in this issue cover work-related issues for cancer patients and they apply to many people in this job scarce environment. As Muhammad Ali said, “Don’t count the days, make the days count.” 

No matter what you are doing, follow the advice of John Wooden: “Make each day your masterpiece.” 

This is what our Super Survivor did, she proved to her students that Theodore Roosevelt’s saying: “Believe you can and you’re halfway there” is true. 

Remember that although the days are short and the nights are long, seasons change, so do as Elizabeth Barrett Browning says: “Light tomorrow with today.” 

Your Buddie For Life

Prof Carol-Ann Benn

Cover photo by Zahira Amod  |  Instagram @glamfuel |  [email protected]


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