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Chronic Health Conditions Storytelling Group

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Thursday, February 20, 2020
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6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

*** This event is cancelled due to the potential snowfall later today and evening. We'll resume on 2/27

The Duke Health Humanities Lab seeks participants for its third annual offering of the Chronic Health Conditions Storytelling (CHCS) group. Facilitated by Duke medical students Sam Hofacker, Megha Gupta, and Sarah Hodges, advised by faculty member Deborah Jenson, and assisted by Health Humanities Lab Manager and former Duke Disability Alliance president Cuquis Robledo, 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. Supper by Guasaca is provided.

"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."

Contact: Cuquis Robledo