Soldier, victim, sufferer …

I was reading an article earlier today about the Northern Territory government setting up a ‘one stop web site’ for cancer sufferers. Great idea, but I was particularly caught by the language. Is ‘sufferer’ really the best word we can use? I...

What’s new about Positive?

Someone asked me the other day, ‘how is Positive different from all the other cancer books out there?’ There’s been plenty written about fighting cancer through diet, lifestyle etc, but relatively little about how our hearts, spirits and minds fare...

What gave me the idea to write a book called Positive?

It all started back in 2006, when I read an article which said that nearly two out of three cancer survivors and their families consider that something good has come out of their experience. I was a bit blown away by that; my mother died from lung cancer in 2001, and...

God and the bushfire

“God is in the flutter of the butterfly and the sweet aroma of the honeysuckle, in the steam rising from the pot of potatoes on the stove and in the smells and sounds and passing light in every room of the house. God is also in the negative, horrific sensations...

Among the ashes

What must it be like to see your town, your house and your belongings reduced to a scatter of ashes? Any other worries seem insignificant when you weigh them against whole communities being annihilated. And in such a violent, terrifying way, too. People talk about the...