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Join the Patient Revolution – An Empowering Evening with Victor Montori

Victor Montori, founder of Patient Revolution, led a empowering discussion on Tuesday evening, reading excerpts from him book Why We Revolt: A patient revolution for careful and kind care. Clinicians, physicians and patients enjoyed his various and impassioned readings and discussions around our “industrial medicine” system from chapters titled: Blur, Greed, Elegance, Solidarity and even…

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Narrative Medicine Writer’s Retreat

With busy Portland behind them, nine writers gathered in Mt. Hood-Parkdale, Oregon on Sunday, December 10th for a writer’s retreat. With Narrative Medicine as the focus, participants spent the day writing, sharing, and discussing. The day began with a rich discussion after reading a short story and a pair of poems. Participants commented that it…

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Guest Blogger: Brianna Barrett

When That Illness From Your 20’s Becomes a Lifelong Artistic Mission Cancer survivor Brianna Barrett writes “After This Episode,” a short play about a young adult cancer survivor, to be played by a fellow cancer survivor at the NW Narrative Medicine Conference. Illness From Your 20’s Becomes a Lifelong Artistic Mission Cancer survivor Brianna Barrett…

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Guest Blogger: StoryCorps + OHSU

StoryCorps Legacy: Through the cancer journey with Josh You’ve likely heard the compelling conversations produced by StoryCorps, the national nonprofit organization whose mission is to record, preserve, and share the stories of Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs. But did you know that StoryCorps has now partnered with OHSU to bring to life the stories…

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Guest Blogger: Marcy Cottrell Houle

Marcy Cottrell Houle is a professional wildlife biologist, national speaker, and award-winning author of four books. Her most recent book is The Gift of Caring. Houle will be a keynote speaker at the NW Narrative Medicine Conference, October 20-22, 2017. A LETTER TO THOSE ATTENDING THE NW NARRATIVE MEDICINE CONFERENCE Dear Friends: I am looking forward to…

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Guest Blogger: Charlene Happel

Artwork: Charlene Happel, glory bound, 2017, water and ink Who am i….to stand for creativity? I believe that art is medicine. That creativity allows you to tap into the power of your heart in a way that defies logic. And that accessing your ability to create is one of the keys to healing. Art is…

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Touching moments shared at Story Beat LIVE!

On July 11 we wrapped up our Northwest Narrative Medicine Series with Story Beat LIVE—an evening of intimate storytelling and careful listening. Our group was made up of a variety of individuals from all different walks of life. We were joined by doctors, patients, students, and writers—all of us brought together by the shared experience…

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2017 Conference Registration Now Open!

We are thrilled to announce that registration is now open for the 2nd Annual Narrative Medicine Conference in Portland, Oregon on October 20-22, 2017. Sponsoring for this event is provided by The Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative and The OHSU School of Medicine. Register before September 15th to receive the early bird pricing. What can you expect? Spend three days…

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You Can’t Tell By Looking. . .

By Stacy Brewster I have several prompts I love to throw out the first week of a writing workshop. Where I come from…, Out my window…, On my way here…. Prompts which, when shared aloud, help break the ice between strangers by giving some insight into each person’s perspective, their style, their humanity and how…

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A Night of Art and Healing with Sharon Agnor

By April Brenneman Glass and steel artist Sharon Agnor shared her illness narrative as well as her art at the Northwest Narrative Medicine’s Monthly Series on May 9th. Agnor has vivid memories of being sick and in the hospital as a child. Struggling with her health on and off most of her life, the decade…

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