I debated two working titles before settling on "Bionic Reporter" as the name for a new health and wellness blog: Topics of Cancer and Remission Control.
Why the interest in cancer? It’s been something I dealt with first at age 13 (roughly 30 years ago) and now again, as it has returned, in a different form, in a different part of the body. But the battles with cancer are only part of the story, when you add in a host of other health issues since then both new and stemming from that original bug.
So welcome to “Bionic Reporter,” a blog that aims to be a unique, first-person patient perspective on a broad spectrum of health and wellness issues.
The “Reporter” part, I hope, is evident. Regular readers of the Star-Advertiser may recognize the byline from our coverage of politics and government (and the Political Radar blog). “Bionic” stems from past and upcoming knee and hip surgeries that, while not literally being bionic, serve to make me quite sensitive when going through airport metal detectors. (I should admit, the credit for the title does not belong to me, but the source has given the blessing to use it freely.)
This blog was envisioned as a way to chronicle a very complicated knee/femur/hip surgery scheduled this fall which will require heading to the mainland and a recovery period of several months. (The procedure is to revise some of the original steel and plastic parts in my leg that were needed to address the original cancer.) Because I’ll be taking significant time off from my normal political reporting duties, our editors were gracious enough to let me have this outlet for keeping busy and, perhaps, helping a few people along the way.
I should say now, this is NOT a medical advice blog. Anyone who has questions about their own health concerns should consult with an actual doctor.
But to the extent that my stories of health and wellness – having faced a range of illnesses including cancer (twice now), resistant infections, diabetes, chronic kidney disease and assorted, less serious, others – can help people relate to their own health struggles, we hope this blog can offer some insight.
What I simply hope to do is write about health experiences and hope some of you find it interesting. Eventually, I'd like to tell stories of others – patients, doctors, family and friends (there are myriad health care issues that affect all of us) – and also share information on the latest news and advances from the health care front.
For now, I’d just like to say welcome and thank you for reading! (And please follow me on Twitter @BionicReporter.)