Narrative Dimensions Launch | Re-envisioning health and illness, honoring life’s experiences
Narrative Dimensions advances a culture of caring by helping people discover and express their personally unique experience of health and illness. We promote personal narrative, self awareness, authenticity, and resiliency to enrich the lives of all those touched by illness, including patients, caregivers, and health care professionals.
We’re working to address the more human aspects of chronic illness. We can all agree that for a lot of diseases we’ve gotten really good at fixing things with medical treatment. But one area where we need improvement is responding to situations where there is no clear road to restoring health.
What we need
We’ve had amazing feedback from our workshop participants who tell us that they’ve never before had the chance to tell their whole story to people who get it. Their enthusiasm at the end of the workshop is obvious. But as we gain momentum we need additional resources to reach more people in need.
To really take this to the next level, we need to compensate our team for their time and energy to do this work and to invest in promoting our programs to multiply their impact. We need at least $5,000 to cover travel costs for our facilitators to deliver these workshops in Ann Arbor, Chicago, and Pittsburgh, and to create podcasts and webinars so more people can access our content.
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Imagine you are seriously ill. Your entire life has been changed drastically because of your condition. Healthcare treatments are becoming more effective and there are more options for treatment than ever, and you rely on these cutting-edge medical technologies to survive.
There is, however, a gap between provider and patient. The personal relationship, or what we call the culture of caring, has been lost. Now that the relationship between mind and body is irrefutable, the importance of a culture of caring is undeniable.
Our primary program toward addressing this gap is the Living Well with Illness Workshop. The workshop itself is a multi-faceted process consisting of inviting people to tell their story to supportive individuals, reflecting on the impact of illness on various aspects of life, and participating in expressive activities that involve a combination of mindfulness, writing, and art.
Engaging in a more active role than patient in treatment, participants are invited to a creative experience to expand their view of the influence of illness on their life and the possibility of a creative response. We seek to inspire people to be true to their individual needs when interacting with their healthcare professionals, friends and family, and community.
People whose lives have been impacted by illness will have the chance to take advantage of time and space to reflect on the meaning of their illness for their lives. This caring reflection could infuse more precision in conversations between doctors and patients. This promotes efficiency for the healing endeavors of health care. At the end of the day, our vision is a culture of caring where patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals, together, understand and respond to three big questions:
1. How has illness impacted your life?
2. Which of these impacts has affected you the most?
3. How do you wish to live from here on out?
Risks & Challenges
The biggest obstacle we face is getting the support of healthcare professionals. That said, the depth of understanding we have of this content will help us to develop a comprehensive curriculum to educate professionals about effective ways of communicating with people who have chronic illnesses. This effort will help close the circle in doctor-patient communication. Doctors and patients will speak and understand the same language.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you can’t contribute monetarily but are still excited about our project, please use the Indiegogo share tools and help us get the word out about our initiative.
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