Finding a New Voice: Writing through Health Adversity
Dr. Ellen Ryan, Professor Emeritus, McMaster University
Acquiring a disability through accident or chronic illness (such as dementia) can threaten one’s sense of self and ability to interact with others. Journal writing allows individuals to rediscover their sense of self, to release complex emotions by naming them, and work their way through the many changes in their daily lives. Writing for others helps the author clarify personal experience, find meaning, and make a valuable social contribution. Published illness narratives put a face on disability, engender empathy, advocate for a “disability-friendly” society, and show how the human spirit can transcend disability.
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Presented by the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging and in partnership with Hamilton Aging in Community and the Department of Health, Aging & Society at McMaster University.