Tuesday, April 25, 2006

I have a backyard!

That's the view to the back from our master bathroom window. Now, imagine if you will, a large black gorilla looking dog digging a huge hole in the brand new sod and mulch, tearing up bushes and playing in the mud. Then, imagine a pasty bald girl in a bandana running out to yell at said dog, only to be jumped on and covered in Georgian clay. She tries to bring the gorilla out of the mist, but to no avail. She shrugs, dejected, and thinks to herself, "Why did I ever think this was a good idea?"

Good times. Oh yeah, in the above story, it's 97 degrees outside. Hard to tell who will drop first from heat stroke- girl or dog. He does wear a coat in the summer.


Jayne said...

Courtney, I stumbled on your blog (can't remember how at this point!). We are on parallel paths; I am on day 7 after my first chemo treatment. You are welcome to check out my blog and see how I am faring through treatments.

Love your yard!

Deborah said...

Dear Cancer Bloggers:

This is a message to those of you who maintain/read/participate in blogs related to cancer. Might we request your assistance in an academic study about cancer blog usage?

My name is Deborah Chung, and I am an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunications. My research focuses on the use of new communication technologies and their potential to empower information consumers. Currently, I am interested in examining how health information seekers, particularly cancer patients and their families/friends, adopt blogs.

I am teaming up with Dr. Sujin Kim, also at UK, who is an assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Science and has a sub-specialization in medical informatics. She has been working closely with the UK Cancer Center to build a biorepository information system (UK-BIS) for lung and ovarian cancer samples. Together, we would like to learn about how new information channels, such as blogs, are being used by cancer patients and their families/friends — specifically we are interested in their motivations, uses and consequences of using blogs.

As approved by our internal review board (IRB) at UK, this study is an anonymous survey that does not carry any risks to cancer patients. At the same time, we believe the information gathered from this study will greatly contribute to our understanding of the adoption of new communication technologies by cancer patients. This information will in turn assist in supporting the needs of cancer patients for future information technology and service development.

Thus, we would appreciate your participation in our survey. You can find the survey here. You might get a notice regarding the validity of the certificate. If that happens, please continue to proceed.

We appreciate your time, and thank you in advance for your help.


Deborah S. Chung, Ph.D
Assistant Professor
School of Journalism &
University of Kentucky

Sujin Kim, Ph.D
Assistant Professor
School of Library & Information Science
University of Kentucky