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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…

“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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