Welcome to the OHS Journal, where we share important stories and articles that complement our core mission while providing additional insight and perspective that impacts our disability community.

Reflections by Tom Hussey

Photograph above not by Tom Hussey
Our Heart Speak’s vision is to change our perception of what is possible and what it means to live with a new…

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Challenging Our Health Care System to Honor the Whole Patient and Her Story.

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,…

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Elizabeth Bailey interviews with Ted Meyer about her artist daughter and life with autism

Elizabeth Bailey shares the story of her 9 year old daughter with autism who expresses herself through art. This powerful video offers us a window int…

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Providence Business News: Online platform gives sufferers place to share

When it comes to a devastating illness or injury, doctors often represent lifelines for people whose daily routines no longer resemble their former li…

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Different Outlets of Expression

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 exp…

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Imperfect Life Art Show at Keck School of Medicine at USC

Ted Meyer chats with artist and writer Elizabeth Jameson about her art exhibit, “The Imperfect Body” at USC Keck School of Medicine. Eliza…

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Non-verbal

If you meet someone who is nonverbal, you would probably think that the person is slow and can’t have a fulfilling life. People usually don’t try…

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A Tribute to Stephen Hawking

Our Heart Speaks (OHS), through the power of the story has been privileged to share and bear witness to a life of meaning and purpose when facing the…

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Mastering life…if not fate

MATURITY
by Daniel Senser
Many a time in my youth I wandered the streets
Drunkenly belting my song for all the world to hear.
Usually, I got picked up…

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Present Imperfect

My son didn’t seem to like me all that much in the first weeks of his life and I couldn’t say I blamed him. I may have managed not to drop him, or…

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Interview with OHS Founder, Dr. Keith Rafal, on The Hand in Hand Podcast

Our Heart Speaks through the international patient stories project supports a “Culture of Possibility.”

OHS founder, Dr. Keith Rafal spea…

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Daniel Gu’s Story of Stroke Recovery

My name is Daniel Gu. On Sept 22 of 2012, 3 months before turning 41, I suffered a brainstem stroke. My left side was almost totally paralyzed, includ…

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