The Duke Health Humanities Lab seeks participants for its fourth annual offering of the Chronic Health Conditions Storytelling (CHCS) group.
Facilitated by Duke medical students Megha Gupta and Gabrielle van den Hoek and Duke undergraduate Lizzy Roy, advised by faculty member Karrie Stewart, and assisted by Health Humanities Lab Manager Eli Meyerhoff, the group uses short excerpts of fiction, poetry, autobiography, podcasts, video, and images as prompts for conversation and sharing about chronic health conditions.
Students managing health conditions ranging from depression and anxiety to IBS and chronic pain to lupus and diabetes are warmly welcomed for supportive and creative dialogue on their journey to optimization both of their health and their education. Students dealing with the health problems of loved ones are also invited to participate.
“A personal space to cope with my own story. In our today’s fast-paced society, I take this as a time that is dedicated to me. I believe in the power of storytelling.”
“A great outlet to express frustrations and receive understanding.”
“Helped me more aptly describe my personal struggles.”
“I find answers, peace, strategies. I learnt of different ways to deal with things by listening to others share their stories. Writing in itself was therapeutic.”
“Even just going the one time allowed me to start thinking more critically and openly about how my health has been so PRESENT in my life. Since then I have been really trying to do some work on my relationship to the pain that my body causes me.”
“I also learned how to implement narrative medicine in my future medical practice.”