Monday, December 27, 2010
All art work is copyrighted to the artist (often only a screen name is known), and listed in sequential order at the end. For further Gallery posts, links are provided for convenience at the bottom.
Today's Gallery theme is "Quality of Life", so picked secondary to this phrase's essential part in the definition of palliative care.
The definition of QOL from thefreedictionary.com:
Quality of life (n): Your personal satisfaction (or dissatisfaction) with the cultural or intellectual conditions under which you live (as distinct from material comfort).
Finally a poem read by the author herself. This is "Quality of Life" by poet Harryette Mullen. It is a part of her 5th collection, the book entitled Sleeping with the Dictionary (2002)
Art work displayed:
"Quality of Life" (2010) Sandy Brooke
"Quality of Life" (2007) spotandbones
"Quality of Life Painting" (2007) Patrick Sheridan
Past gallery posts: "Itch", "Dysphoria","Last Breath", "Pain", "Afterlife", "Restless","Stillness" and "Grief"
Monday, December 27, 2010 by Amy Clarkson · 4
Monday, December 20, 2010
I seem to find palliative care topics everywhere. Most recently it was while watching basketball. Well, while my husband was watching basketball. The tournament he was watching on December 7th was the Jimmy V Basketball Classic. During the game they advertised Jimmy V Week. So it got me wondering, who was Jimmy V?
Jimmy V (or Jimmy Valvano) was a famous college basketball coach and sports broadcaster, known for being the head coach at North Carolina State University when they one the 1983 NCAA Basketball Tournament. (He is especially known for running around after that game, looking for someone to hug.) In 1992, he was diagnosed with bone cancer.
After his diagnosis he co-founded the V Foundation for Cancer Research with ESPN. Since it was founded in 1993, the V Foundation has raised more than $100 million for their cause.
Below is a famous ESPY Awards speech given by Valvano in 1993 (the very first ESPY awards) while receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage and Humanitarian Award. This speech was given just 8 weeks before he died. It was during this speech that Valvano announced the formation of the V Foundation. He ends this speech with, "Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul. And those three things are going to carry on forever. I thank you and God bless you all."
Sports stories are not my usual topic but when I saw the speech he gave, I knew it was a Pallimed Arts story. You could tell when he walked up onto the stage that he was not really doing well. But when he spoke, he had so much energy and humor that I found myself forgetting about the cancer.
Monday, December 20, 2010 by Amber Wollesen, MD · 0
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Monday, December 6, 2010
I found this story in a recent CNN article. Five year old Aidan Reed was diagnosed with leukemia in September of this year. Aidan immediately began treatment. With a new baby at home (born 12 days after Aidan's diagnosis), his father had to take leave from work to help out. Financially, things quickly got bad for Aidan's family and they even discussed having to sell there house.
Aidan loves to draw and he loves to draw monsters. (To the right is Gillman, one of Aidan's favorite monsters to draw.) After his aunt received some of his drawings, she had an idea of how to financially assist Aidan's family. She set up an Etsy account called Aidan's Monsters and began selling Aidan's art. For those of you not familiar, Etsy (one of my favorite websites) is an online forum for people to sell there homemade art, clothes, jewelry etc. Aidan's monsters were so popular that the family made $83,000 in just a few weeks. You can see more of Aidan's art on his blog.
A few things I found interesting about this story. First is the very clever use of Etsy for fundraising (again, one of my favorite websites). Aidan's aunt is only selling the pictures (prints) for $12 each and managed to sell around 7000.
Another thing was the obvious parallels people were making with Aidan drawing monsters while fighting a "monster" himself. I even read somewhere that the monsters were some kind of subconscious manifestation of his fight. Really? Can't he just be a five year old boy who really likes to draw monsters. Wouldn't that be a much more likely explanation.
Reading this story also introduced me to a series I hadn't read on CNN.com, entitled Empowered Patient. It was started by Elizabeth Cohen after her newborn daughter accidentally got an unnecessary spinal tap. She writes on different topics like how to get the most out of your doctors visit and how to talk to children about illness.
Monday, December 6, 2010 by Amber Wollesen, MD · 0