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Three Hour Glucose Test

I have wished to be silent, to sleep deeply,my body grown large again. Cravingonly the juices – no pulp, no bone.Before, my prayers were always thy will not mine. Now I want only this small life inside. Not in return for anything. The arc of a small arm in blackness, texture of spine. Five vials of drawn blood. I have eaten sugar and…

I am the emotion for this machine

Her eyes blink heavilybeneath a sloppy wigChest rising and fallingHeart beating hardas I touch my sister’s wrist She can’t reactwhen the nurses drag the breathing tubeacross her eye, let it sit tangled in her hair so I wince instead, ask them to be carefulremind them she is my sister I am showing the care they…

Poet Elizabeth Paulson with her Grandmother. Covid is rampant in the Pacific Islander community and the writer wanted to use this opportunity to destigmatize mask wearing.

RX: A Poetic Act of Resistance and Resilience

What gives us olagaWhat gives us soifua maloloina The rationed insulin                                                 The hard pills to swallow Only heal the                         Physical                                                 Pain What prescription              Can be written                                     To heal the                                                              Trauma                                                                         We have                                                                                      Survived Our hypertension             Is a reflection                          Of the stress                                      And salty diets forced upon us                                As our culture was stolen What could I prescribe…

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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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