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San Mateo Medical Center in Collaboration with Our Heart Speaks: Healing Through New Awareness, Ability & Creative Expression

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Our lead collaborator is Frances Ancheta-Becker, MS, RN, CTRS, supervising creative art therapist at San Mateo Medical Center.

Patient Art Installment #1

Ravi R.

Primary diagnosis: Diabetes Mellitus Type 2, s/p below the knee amputation

Story:

Ravi was a former landscaper and gardener who ended up getting a below the knee amputation due to uncontrolled Type 2 diabetes. Ravi had no previous interest in the arts, and led an active daily life doing intense physical work in gardens and garden stores.

Ravi was depressed and ...

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Susan Trachman Interview

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Artist living with Multiple Sclerosis creates art out of her old medical supplies. Her creations present an opportunity to regain control from the chaos and unpredictability of MS.


Susan Trachman was born in 1961 in the Rancho Park section of Los Angeles. She loved art from an early age and remembers fondly her favorite family outings going to the art museum on Sundays. Susan always loved doing art and thanks to her mother she still has the self portrait she ...

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Joe Barrett Interview- An Honest and Engaging Dialogue on Disability

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Joe Barrett worked in the film industry in Los Angeles in several positions, including Production Design, Camera Operator, and Director. Active and involved in multiple artistic projects, In 2013 he was diagnosed with a debilitating neurologic condition and now is living with MS. In spite of the challenges, Joe worked on his recovery and turned to photography and video.

With a lot of hard work and perseverance he began shooting videos for local musicians and bands. Through his work, he ...

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The Power of Faith and Music

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When I was fifteen, my life as I knew it took a very sharp turn. I began to have pain in my chest, which, over the course of two years, spread to every part of my body, a surge of burning, throbbing, numbing, overwhelming pain that would not relent. My parents took me to every doctor imaginable searching for answers, but there were none to be found. Many times, they, the doctors, made the problem even worse with their poking ...

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Doc Jacobs Interview

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War Veteran and amputee personifies ability through his love of baseball and life.

He is a beacon for us all.

Doc Jacobs was once an aspiring professional baseball player. After he was honorably discharged from the US Navy he was granted a tryout with a local professional team.

Although Doc didn’t get signed, he trained and continued to get tryouts and some looks from other professional teams. He is now taking his passion to help others to a new level.

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Artist has deeper connection with her art after losing her eyesight

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Emilie Gossiaux lost her sight after a bike accident, but that didn’t stop her from painting and sculpting. Emilie says that she is now able to connect with art on a deeper level and think about her craft in a different way than before. Talk about a change in perspective. Watch the video above!

See also a video about her from Cooper Hewitt: Innovative Brainport Vision Technology helps an artist express herself through art

See more of her art ...

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Different Outlets of Expression

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Read the excerpt below from our story on The Health Sessions

or read the whole story here.

 

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When it comes to healing through expression, what suits the patient is best. There are, however, some forms that are more common and shown to have beneficial results.

1. Music Engagement
Music been found to be one of the most prevalent and most researched forms of healing through expression. Music therapy has been shown to decrease anxiety, ...

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My Beautiful Broken Brain

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The Emmy nominated “My Beautiful Broken Brain” (Exec Producer, David Lynch) is a profoundly personal voyage into the complexity, fragility and wonder of the human brain, after Lotje Sodderland miraculously survives a hemorrhagic stroke and finds herself starting again in an alien world, bereft of language and logic.

This feature documentary takes us on a genre-twisting tale that is by turns excruciating and exquisite – from the devastating consequences of a first-time neurological experiment, through to the extraordinary revelations of her ...

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