Charis Lindrooth, a chiropractor and herbalist when faced with the reality of her diagnosis with Parkinson’s takes her power back. This is her inspirational and heartfelt story to build community and to not be defined by a medical diagnosis or preconceptions of what is possible.
In this episode of Compassion & Courage, Marcus Engel interviews Our Heart Speaks founder, Keith Rafal, MD. The two talk about extending compassion and building a community that can be mindful. Come join two experts in the field of compassion and listen to their own story of growth and how they are applying it to patients and families.
Stuart Kelter interviews Dr. Keith Rafal, medical director of the Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island and creator of the non-profit organization and website, Our Heart Speaks, through which people from around the world share inspirational stories and artistic expressions about their rehabilitation, healing, connection, and meaning.
My grandmother was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation in 2015. At first, she and my family were relieved – the medical team informed us it wasn’t a life-threatening condition, but rather a disease that was “annoying”. Fast-forward to today, the medical team wasn’t wrong. She is now healthier than ever from a procedure; however, over the 3-year battle with the disease, our perspectives were forever changed.
Ted Meyer chats with pathologist and artist Mohammad A. Kamal, M.D. about how he make art form the cell samples that arrive at his lab each day, the art world, and how perfection in nature works for both art and pathology.
My name is Frances Ancheta Becker, and I am a health care professional and an independent musician. My life journey so far has been a voyage of coming full circle. Ironically, it took a life threatening illness to make me come back home to who I really am.
I grew up in the multi-cultural San Francisco Bay Area. Coming from a Filipino American immigrant family, I always was around the different influences of so many cultures and traditions, especially in regards ...
Our Heart Speak’s vision is to change our perception of what is possible and what it means to live with a new disability or chronic illness.
We all hold personal narratives about ourselves and others. These stories shape the perception of how we view the world and who we are. The powerful work of photographer with his project Reflections, visually invites us in to this world and beautifully captures this idea.
I was thirteen years old when everything I knew to be true both slowly and suddenly changed. What began as one day in pain, one doctor in a lab coat, and one neck brace promising cure, soon became years – of misdiagnoses, of missed weeks of school, of erasure and invisibility in the spaces that vowed care over my body and mind. At sixteen, I was fortunate to have a conclusive diagnosis after three years of searching: Ankylosing Spondylitis. Even ...