The Women with Wings Foundation is a teaching non-profit and recognized 501 (c)(3) charity organization that bridges the gap between the science and technology of medicine and patient care by offering healing arts programs, products and services that can easily be integrated into a provider's existing protocol. Our products and services use all forms of art to inspire cancer patients, their families and others, to heal emotionally, spiritually and physically. Discovering one's creative instincts brings Joy, Faith and Hope to the healing process.
As I prepare for my next Create to Heal class, I turn to my quiet page, a large 12 x 18 inch piece of white construction paper and place the following words in the middle of the page:
Grace Gratitude Forgiveness Compassion ... all of these are closely aligned.
Next I put at the top right hand corner, Compassion. Top left is Grace. Bottom left is Forgiveness. Bottom right is Gratitude.
I look at the configuration of words before me and begin to see the pattern in the context of cancer and all that I have learned from patients and their families …
I recently attended the Emerging Tools for Innovative Providers Conference on Spirituality and it's impact on Healthcare, held at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, CA. In attendance were healthcare providers of all backgrounds, including doctors, nurses and administrators, chaplains, psychologists and researchers from Adventist Health, Duke University, Loma Linda, Azusa Pacific, UCLA and UC Davis to name a few. The overall goal of ETIP is to explore the significant spirituality and health care research accumulated over the last 25 years and how it impacts patient care and outcomes.
One of the key contributors, Dr. Lee Berk, spoke about the power of humor and laughter - and the research that substantiates what we intuitively know to be true: laughter is good medicine.