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a woman wearing hiking gear, on the top of a snowy mountain

Photo: Sandra Woods

I’m a nature lover, someone who really enjoys wilderness activities and outdoor sports when I’m not at work. My background and experience are in a branch of applied philosophy called bioethics, sometimes also called medical ethics or clinical ethics. I often joke that I’m living proof that it’s possible to get a job with a degree in philosophy 😉 I also have a certification in privacy protection, which has become an important issue in healthcare, and am a former Air Force reserve officer.

Since March 2016 I’ve also been trying not to let a rare disease interfere too much with my life. To say that’s difficult would be an understatement, despite the fact that I have a fairly good knowledge base in clinical (medical) research, healthcare systems, and patients’ rights. It’s called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), but its old name is still used; Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD).

I originally started blogging – about bioethics – in 2007. I was here on, but back then no one was reading blogs about healthcare ethics: “What’s a blob?”. So when the blog & website hosting company closed a few years later (and I lost a lot of the older posts), I abandoned the blog.

Things have changed a lot since then, and friends, tweeps, and even almost-strangers were asking me to start blogging again; so I’m back here again! I also work full-time, in bioethics, so plan to post only once a week or so.

I’m still trying to find some of the older posts, across computers, USB keys, and even DVDs/CDs  (I started blogging long before cloud storage was available!), so don’t be surprised if older posts pop up from time to time.

Whether you visit for bioethics, privacy, or rare disease, I hope you enjoy the blog ‘-)