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By August 1, 2010 - 4:34pm

I have many years as a theatre arts professional, with a background in education and a degree in counseling. In 2000 I plunged into the wonderful world of arts in health care and developed a process called Performing Wellness(TM). I have worked with groups through the process who shared stories of living with cancer, HIV/AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis, and war-related PTSD. I have just developed a i woman show where I share on stage excerpts from 10 of these writer's stories. The process of story telling and sharing in community is one of the most healing processes any of us can go through - when we are ready to do so. Sitting in the presence of the stories is also healing and empowering for those in the audience. I invite you to think of the times that you have told a deep heart/soul story, and not necessarily to your doctor or family member. Some of the most powerful interaction is between you and a relative stranger who listens with an open heart, without judgment, with no intent to fix, who simply acknowledges and honors you the person.

By May 17, 2011 - 7:42am

I haven't looked into that, because insurance won't cover that. And with massage i dont dare have anyone touch me because i have fibro. I have already changed my diet because i have a gulten intolerance.

May 17, 2011 - 7:42am
By HERWriter Guide May 17, 2011 - 8:16am

Hi again Samknow

It sounds you're in terrible pain and that's an equally terrible way to have to live. Are you looking for alternative methods, besides drug therapy?

For pain, many people find that methods like hypnotism, acupuncture, massage, the use of oils and herbs and a healthy diet can help a lot. Have you looked into acupuncture?

May 17, 2011 - 8:16am
By May 12, 2011 - 8:35am

Hi Susan Cody
Well, where should i start... I have scleroderma, fibromyliga, and to boot i know have two bulge disks in the lumber area that's affecting both of my legs. I'm seeing a pain doc and a rheumy and between the both of them they seem to be at a lost to find me some relief!! oh yea i also have implant that works for my pain both of my arms and hands.
So, thats what i have and not to sure what i'm looking for, just steer me in the right direction!

May 12, 2011 - 8:35am
By HERWriter Guide May 12, 2011 - 6:55am

Hi Samnow

It's great to see you here. Traditional (for want of a better term!) medicine saves many lives but I think many of us forget the importance of holistic care. Holistic care, combined with traditional care, is usually a very healthy marriage!
Can you tell us what's going on or what kind of help you're looking for?

May 12, 2011 - 6:55am
By May 11, 2011 - 12:26pm

I think i will like this group because all of my health issues, i've tried so many different holistic ways to make myself feel better, and some do work, then my health throws me another curve ball...
Willing to listen to any new ideas that could help!!

May 11, 2011 - 12:26pm
By March 25, 2011 - 2:18am

Beautiful idea. It is important to listen carefully to others. I find the arts to be very healing and use storytelling in my work as a speech-language pathologist. I also encourage my students to think deeply about ideas that are presented in their school. Most of all, I try to make therapy fun so they stay in that space where we are all most open and creative. I mostly work with children who have various disabilities, including articulation, autism, emotional disturbance, intellectual impairment, ADHD, or other health impairments. We do a lot of artwork, which seems to open communication channels, possibly because engaging the right side of the brain allows the left brain more freedom.

March 25, 2011 - 2:18am
By HERWriter Guide August 8, 2010 - 10:27am

Hi Kate

We have so much in common! I have also been involved in the arts for over 20 years and have worked as a drama therapist for the mentally impaired and the elderly (most of the elderly were abandoned by family.) The Arts are an incredibly healing medium, especially for an emotional/mental stance.

Great group idea, thank you!

August 8, 2010 - 10:27am

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Who we are and how we Be in the world, has a direct impact on how we handle our health and wellness issues. Any real experience of our health encompasses the trilogy - the physical aspects, how we think about it, and that intangible 'other' that gives us grace and gets us through. This applies to mental and physical health equally. if we can cultivate our spiritual aspect of the triad, it will be there when we most need it, as we face our own aging and illness as well as when assisting others. This group is here to share resources and avenues to connecting the three, most particularly to embracing and articulating our personal appreciation of Spirit. This group does not advocate for any particular brand of spiritual practice or religion. Simply by sharing your stories, pointing us toward books, articles, poems, art, workshops, or other expressions of Spirit and health you will contribute to each individual's personal journey.


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