There’s more to Cancer

  • What are the concerns of the authors I’ve been reading?
  • What situations motivate them to write?
  • What frames or contexts do they use to construct their arguments?
  • What is my argument in response to their writing?
  • What is at stake in my argument?
  • Who will be interested in reading what I have to say?
  • How can I connect with both sympathetic and antagonistic readers?
  • What kinds of evidence will persuade my readers?
  • What objections are they likely to raise?

According to “From Inquiry to secondary writing” after inquiry you will discover that writing grows out of answering a few questions. (The questions were listed above). To answer these questions, you must read in the role of writer by doing 3 things, 1. Identity an issue, then 2. Understand the situation, and lastly 3. Form a question.

After my 2nd inquiry log I realized that it was time to take my questions into a new direction. It was so hard finding information around my group’s topic. Clearly we needed questions that could create a bigger picture. We were asked to find four new sources that may help with displaying a new angle on the inquiry proposal.

I realized how upsetting it could be to be diagnosed with any form of cancer. Whether it is less common, or more common I’m sure the news can make anyone feel uneasy. Then I thought back to the fact that the one particular cancer might be more publicized then others. I wondered how would it make me feel to know that what I’m going through isn’t receiving as much attention as I’d like. To feel like no one is out raising awareness on my behalf.

A video on Ted Talks caught my attention .One of the statements posed in the video was “We’ll go to the doctor when we feel flu-ish or a nagging pain. So why don’t we see a health professional when we feel emotional pain: guilt, loss, loneliness?” It made me think of how there needs to be more support for cancer patients and not just through extending cancer awareness. Doctors tend to focus on the bigger picture of curing cancer, it seems that they don’t take the time aside to check in on the patients mental/emotional well being after being diagnosed. Ultimately it’s up to the patient to pick himself or herself up and stay optimistic. Guy Winch a compelling case to practice emotional hygiene, which is taking care of our emotions, our minds, with the same diligence we take care of our bodies. The framing this author uses deals with the fact that people need to not only focus on physical setbacks but the mental/emotional ones need attention too.

An article stuck out to me. It was about a large proportion of cancer patients tending to experience psychiatric morbidity. Predictors of psychiatric morbidity include patient disease-related factors and factors relating to the patient’s environment. The article was written around a health questionnaire given to Turkish cancer patients. “Psychiatric morbidity was significantly higher in the patients who knew that they had a cancer diagnosis. These findings suggest that the awareness of cancer diagnosis is related to the presence of psychiatric morbidity.” I learned that understanding of the diagnosis indirectly may be stressful to cancer patients and can arouse suspicion about the cancer and treatment, which can lead to psychiatric disturbance. Therefore “prior history of psychiatric disorder, the presence of pain and family support are determinants of vulnerability to psychiatric disorder during the course of cancer.” Effective and clear communication is essential to the physician–patient relationship in the care of cancer patients. Supporting systems through which patients can get more information and learn coping skills seems to be important when it comes to the mental/emotional well being of cancer patients. The author is framing this piece on the fact that there should be more support for cancer patients.

Going back to awareness of breast cancer I found another article in the Atkins Library database The article “Breast cancer awareness month: does it really increase the breast cancer risk awareness?” Breast cancer awareness month is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research. Hospital nurses were given a survey to measure their knowledge pre breast cancer awareness vs after breast cancer awareness month. The entire month of breast cancer awareness failed to increase hospital staff’s awareness of breast cancer risk factors. Therefore you see that the knowledge of the public isn’t being enhanced by all the breast cancer marketing that comes with the month of October. So is the extra attention given to breast cancer really contributing to awareness and a means for funds to help with research? The author is framing this piece with the negative aspects of breast cancer awareness month.


Equality in the Cancer World

In UWRT my group’s focus was “How can we make more people aware of the larger conversation around unknown forms of cancer and bring additional funding for research to the less commonly known forms of cancer”? This topic emerged from a classmate whose mother had Adult Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. I read about this cancer on Having a family member with cancer is tough to deal with, because ultimately they can die. I have members in my family that also have been diagnosed with cancer, so her inquiry question sparked my interest. I think others that have a love one who suffers from cancer would be interested in my group’s inquiry.

In the midst of my inquiring I found that I have an issue with the fact that breast cancer gets so much more attention then others and I find it unfair. As I realized that I wanted to know why breast cancer gets so much attention I googled. was able to give mesome facts. So I put myself in the shoes of those that may support “larger cancers” like breast cancer. I’m sure that people will argue that breast cancer gets so much attention because it’s the number 2 cause of death in women, and the most common cancer among American women.

I understand that people would think that more common cancers should be put on the front end. I know people would feel that cures for the more common and larger cancers are more important due to their position on the “leading cause of death scale”.I’m sure people are going to question what is a “little vs big cancer or a smaller vs larger cancer”. The idea of little and big cancers came from a blog

All cancers can lead to death so personally I feel they should all receive the same amount of attention, they should all be marketed the same if at all, they should all receive equal funding. I think the marketing behind breast cancer is ridiculous. I stumbled on a post Evidence from a “think before you pink campaign” can help support that breast cancer awareness is too publicized. I feel like the whole Pink ribbon thing is blown out of proportion. The post outlined the fact that some companies are taking advantage of the pink ribbon concept and using for their own personal benefit. Initially I thought If these campaigns and mechanizing around breast cancer are helpful when it comes to awareness and funding then why cant other cancers use similar methods.

Before this form of inquiry was presented I’m afraid to say that I had never really paid attention to what form of cancer got more media attention. I did know the obvious that cancer is a huge issue. I know that there is ultimately no cure and that all cancer patients can do is undergo chemotherapy, which can be either a negative or positive experience. Personally I think that if we brought more awareness to the smaller ones maybe there will be more funding toward finding a cure for them. Sometimes you have to start small and then work your way up to more complicated issues. Working toward smaller cancers can be the foundation to being able to cure larger ones. After I did some searches online I realized that there are some organizations that do refer to all types of cancer and not just the largely publicized ones like breast cancer.

Due to my findings on I learned that each cancer has a month for awareness. I went on and had to just research some small cancers to find out about people that speaking out about each cancer. Internet searches lead me to personal video testimonials, articles and blogs on cancers. People suffering from cancer and their family and friends are the ones that speak out on the behalf of little ones. Through raising awareness education on symptoms and treatment can be learned. Supporters hope that greater knowledge will lead to earlier detection of cancer, which is associated with higher long-term survival rates, and that money rose for cancer will produce a reliable, permanent cure. I don’t feel that smaller cancers should take the place of larger ones in awareness. This made me question why can’t there be “equality” in the cancer world?

I can further apply the methods from the text to my questions “What knowledge can we gain through awareness of the “little ones” to reduce these cancer risks? Who is currently speaking out for the “little ones”? Both were something I never really thought about before, but I have them in mind now. While still exploring some research about them I know that I have to elaborate on what may help my 2 questions to evolve.

Links to what helped with my research…

Class Facilitation (Discourse Communities)

  • Class Facilitation Group: Discourse and Writing/Composing (with Robert Isaacs, Taylor Costner, Kayla Demeny)

Shared Goals: sorority, sports, religion, girl/boy scouts, jobs

*working together

-Certain Values & Belief System

Restaurant Example

-Common goals: customer service, make money, good food

-Communication: face to face, via phone

Info & Feedback: secret shoppers, customer/employee reviews, food tastings

Genres: deals with atmosphere, food blogs, ratings, menu, occasion

Lexis: examples of lingo “On the fly” “Waffle House: Smothered, covered”, etc

Expertise/discourse: values and beliefs

Five Paragraph Essay

-more used as a basis for writing

In the meantime and in between time

In UWRT 1103 we were divided into inquiry groups and each group focused on a particular topic. My groups focus was centered on the following question, “How can we make more people aware of the larger conversation around unknown forms of cancer and bring additional funding for research to the less commonly known forms of cancer”? As far as starter research goes two questions that I personally chose to focus on were “What knowledge can we gain through awareness of the “little ones” to reduce these cancer risks? Who is currently speaking out for the “little ones”?

As far as “who is speaking out for the little ones?” I did some research on cancer awareness. I came across The site lists months of the year and below it has the type of cancer that awareness is being brought to. If there is a month dedicated to specific cancers you are bound to hear stories of experience, find support, raise money, and gain information. It felt good coming across this because I had no idea that awareness existed in this form. I am only familiar with October and breast cancer awareness month because it’s so publicized. It took me a few searches to find this because at first the main thing that search engines found were all breast cancer related. The whole page of link dealt with breast cancer alone, images, articles, blog posts, etc. I am still trying to wrap my head around why breast cancer awareness trumps all others and it isn’t even the number 1 cause of death when it comes to both women and men. I thought that it being the number one suggestion from my search was pretty unfair, and that thought alone links to my other research question.

As far as research goes on the other question, so far it has been tough. Finding information on who actually speaks out on the behalf of less mentioned cancers is hard to do. A lot of my searches went directly to the list of common cancers. Common cancer types includes cancers that are diagnosed with the greatest frequency, obviously this is the opposite of what I was looking for. I have realized that I probably will have to look into different cancers individually. Searching on them as a whole gives me less results. Hopefully my group can help me broaden my question so that I can answer it better. I am sure of other ways besides the Internet to go about answering this. In the meantime and in between time just to be sure back to the drawing board we go!

Free write 02/04/15

Discourse Communities having ties to others can create conflict.

Just because you master the 5 paragraph essay doesn’t automatically make you a “good writer”

Harris expresses frustration with “the common way of talking about a subject”

Student writing isn’t fully separated from academic writing

you can’t say there are multiple academic discourses

Places differ when it comes to laws, and rules…

Consequences are strains on individualism within a discourse community

Community can be negative and it isn’t alway positive.. sometimes you have to suppress self

Harris and Swales help you learn about inquiry

Burkes Parlor

– a debate is being had, an ongoing one, no one is being persuaded to the others side

– even as you let go of the topic, even leave it, afterwards it’s still being debated

Inquiry Assignment

Writing is bottom up not top down, no thesis statement for our inquiry

Blend the Knowledge We Gain

A discourse community is group of people who share an understanding of basic values and assumptions, and how they communicate these goals. This is important to understand because we are all apart of discourse communities. After going over some assigned readings I realized that 3 writers Harris, Bartholomaes, and Barthes were trying to explain that we all have our own influences and styles of writing. Although that I true sometimes our variety of experiences and goals that we share can bring us together. Thus without us realizing we are “willingly” apart of discourse communities

Discourse communities are not a matter of boxing people in for a comparison of one group to another to see who’s more superior in their thoughts. I think of them as a means to help gain new ideas, feedback and knowledge from other people that may share the same thoughts as you. Therefor these communities can be helpful in many ways and you can branch from one to another.

John Swales’ has a reading that can help break down discourse communities. His six characteristics help define what a discourse community is. After applying his knowledge to the writings of Harris you can learn the significance of belonging to more than one community at one time.

Harris approves of a statement from Bartholomaes. The statement was “we write not as isolated individuals but as members of communities who beliefs, concerns, and practices both instigate and constrain, at least in part, the sorts of things we can say.” Harris also refers to a statement from Stanley Fish, “one is always simultaneously a part of several discourses, several communities, is always already committed to a number of conflicting beliefs and practices.”

Harris also approves of the statement Barthes makes which is “We do not write simply as individuals, but we do not write simply as members of a community either”, which is supported by another quote by Pratt: “People and groups are constituted not by single uni- fied belief systems, but by competing self-contradictory ones”.

After comparing and contrasting between the two statements Harris sums them up by saying “Our aims and intention in writing are this not merely personal, idiosyncratic, but reflective of the communities to which we belong”. I agree with his statement, I can honestly say that personally I can’t identify all “discourse communities” and I can’t explain why they exist. I do agree with the statements provided by all the writers. I can say that I think it is okay that discourse communities exist, because we get to learn new things and adopt new ideas from a variety of social classes, culture, races, languages and etc. Then we can come up with ways to blend the knowledge we gain, and share it with the world.

Free Write 02/02/2015

Discourse Communities

-may change as your working toward a new or a different goal

Different types of communication

-face to face

-via phone

-via internet

Contribution inside discourse community

-exchanging in order to be a contributor of the community. You share info for goal connected in

Discourse has certain genres

Genre: goes with literature, music, movies, etc

Specific Lexis

-deals with lingo, or vocabulary that you use for a specific thing like phrases in a restaurant

Discourse communities have values and belief systems

-this dictates things that you do in writing