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Reflections on July’s Community of Practice

by Rebecca Harrison How often in our busy lives do we find we are unable to get to the essence of what we really need to ponder and care for in ourselves? With three simple questions “How are you feeling right now?”, “What is that about?” and “What do you want?”,  I found I could…

Community of Practice – June Recap

Northwest Narrative Medicine’s June Community of Practice was led by Cassandra Sagan, a Portland Interplay instructor. This workshop was joy filled and thoughtful. Nine of us “played” with Interplay forms and ex-forms around the theme of Narrative Medicine. Through vocalization, movement and dance we explored a theory about the basic cellular and body movements and then worked together…

Community of Practice – May Recap

Twenty-one people gathered Tuesday at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub for the inaugural Northwest Narrative Medicine Community of Practice. The environment was upbeat and casual and the participants were highly engaged. Gathered around a large table, facilitator Cara Olexa led the group in writing exercises, sharing, discussions and readings exploring the concept of “Fiction as…

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…

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…

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 I want to change…

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…

Saeeda Wright and Bryce Olson talk about the inspiration behind teaming up together to Fight Against Cancer Through Song

Listen to the full story and the beautiful voice of Saeeda Wright. Bryce Olson is the keynote speaker for the 2017 NWNM Conference. Saeeda Wright and Bryce Olson will perform together at Story Beat LIVE! https://www.kgw.com/video/entertainment/television/programs/portland-today/facts-the-band-and-narrative-medicine/283-2747906

Interview: April Brenneman and Elizabeth Lahti talk with friends at KGW about the 2nd Annual Northwest Narrative Medicine Conference in Portland, Or.

Watch the full interview here: https://www.kgw.com/video/entertainment/television/programs/portland-today/learn-about-narrative-medicine/283-2747903

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…

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…

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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