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“I can’t breathe.”

These are the devastating words uttered by George Floyd before he was murdered by a white police officer on May 25, 2020. Collectively, our communities and cities are breathing, shouting, and demanding justice for Mr. Floyd and countless other men, women, and children of color before him. At Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative, Black Lives Matter…

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Interrupted

Life has been interrupted. I’ve taken on these interruptions, like all of us, wearing different hats. The doctor, mother, wife, daughter, sister, teacher, and friend hats transform my reactions based on the role I inhabit. My responses to the interruptions have been as varied as the roles. I imagine yours have to. There is fear,…

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How We Began: Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative’s History

In 2014, April Brenneman googled “Portland Narrative Medicine” and found Elizabeth Lahti, the newly appointed director of narrative medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. April, the mother of a cancer survivor, told Elizabeth the story of how one day she pulled her son’s X-rays from the kitchen drawer and started painting over them, using…

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Storytelling Workshop with Sam Blackman MD

Please join the Seattle Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative for an interactive Storytelling workshop facilitated by Master Storyteller Sam Blackman. Dr. Blackman has told stories for The Moth, The Interstitium and Ignite Seattle. This workshop will be held on 2 contiguous Sundays – January 26th and February 2nd, from 10am-1pm. The goal will be to craft…

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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: 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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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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