I was reminded yet again of the power of stories while watching the beautifully made, You Only Die Once: Kate Granger’s story, promoted as part of last week’s Dying Matters Awareness Week, in the UK. I was particularly moved hearing Kate explain how, along with her candles and music, she’s also picked out the books she'd like her Mom to read to her when the time comes for her to die. Kate is a prolific tweeter (@GrangerKate), blogger, writer, doctor and also a patient with an incurable rare cancer. She started the think shifting campaign #hellomynameis that advocates for patients to be seen as people and encourages healthcare workers to take the time to introduce themselves to their patients as a normal standard in the delivery of care.
Storytelling for health means something far greater to me than just a complementary approach to “traditional medicine”, but yet, discovering just this month that there is an actual academic field and clinical practice called Narrative Medicine came as an affirming surprise. I hope this new awakening will empower my voice as a storyteller as I uncover more about the emerging (ancient) field. I recently edited my twitter profile (@) with my education wish: Want to learn Narrative Medicine now.
-post by Emma Rooney