Being diagnosed with heart failure or disease can make you feel as if your world has turned upside down. Powerful emotions come with the diagnosis: fear, anger, sadness, loss—often difficult to express.
Expressive writing has been shown to have emotional and physiological benefits to those dealing with life-threatening or chronic conditions, hardship or trauma. It can, quite simply, help you feel better.
That’s why the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research, in partnership with Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, will host a second Writing the Heart webinar on March 11th after a successful initial event in February.
“Turning your experience into poems and stories is a powerful way of helping you heal from the shock, trauma and upheaval of being diagnosed and living with a serious illness,” says Sharon Bray, an author and educator who lives with heart failure and will guide the workshop.
“Your stories matter. We find hope and wisdom in one another’s stories. It’s through story that we make sense of our lives, reclaim our voices, and even discover our words can touch others’ hearts.”