Consultations in a time of Covid-19

In response to the challenge of no longer being able to see clients in my rooms, I am available for phone, Zoom and email consultations. Please feel free to contact me to discuss how this might work for you. We’re all in this together!

As I sit at my desk and look out at the scudding clouds of a Melbourne winter, I can only wonder how people in deeper latitudes ever get anything done once summer has passed.  We still technically have about nine and a half hours of daylight here even on our shortest day, but I’m sure I’m not alone in having difficulty getting out of bed, off the couch, or away from the heater.  Of course there is the now widely-accepted phenomenon of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), sufferers of which become noticeably depressed, sluggish and inclined to put on weight in the winter months.  But this is generally only diagnosed in dwellers of latitudes over about 60 degrees—compared with them we really have little to complain of in the cold/dark stakes. So how to keep motivated and moving when it’s grey and chilly out?

Last time, I reported on the 2013 World Prostate Cancer Congress at which I presented a paper.  The paper was a case study of a client who was diagnosed suddenly with prostate cancer which proved to be more advanced than could be dealt with by a routine prostatectomy.  Over the course of a year or so, this man had to deal with a range of treatment and emotional experiences.  He generously gave me permission to write about his story, and I decided, in the end, to do this in the form of a poem.

Melbourne becomes the centre of prostate cancer expertise for a week

The World Prostate Cancer Congress, just held in Melbourne, was a wonderful opportunity to catch up on the latest research, policy and practice relating to the treatment of prostate cancer.  The Congress attracted over 1,000 leaders in research and practice from over 30 countries.

I was checking news about prostate cancer on the internet last week and came across this post written by a man who’d been treated for prostate cancer:  “I am a victim of nerve damage.  It has been 17 years without sex.  Please help me.”

This is such an unnecessarily sad and painful response to the loss of erectile functioning.  The word “victim” signals an abandonment of hope and action, and the “17 years without sex” explains why.