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Are You Showing? Stories of Love and Loss

Last Updated on Friday, February 01, 2013

By Regina Holliday

panelRemember the moment when you embraced maternity clothing? After a few months wearing "roomy" jeans and shirts, you made the leap into a wardrobe consisting of blouses with an empire waist.

There are very few times in our life you wear a patient status so conspicuously. Walking around in maternity clothing informs everyone of your current status. Unlike most other conditions, random strangers remark upon your wellbeing. When things are going well, these remarks can be appreciated as well intentioned. When things are not going well, these random comments can be heartrending.

It is hard to wear our medical status in public. It is hard to bear our soul. But pregnancy is finite; we only have a few months of "showing." Sometimes we have been blessed and become the parent of a new baby and sometimes a life ends before it begins.

The body returns, but a story remains. And I ask you, "Are you showing?"

There is a patient art movement spreading around the world. It is called The Walking Gallery of Healthcare. Virtually every day at medical conferences and meetings, individuals are attending presentations or giving lectures while wearing business suits. That is not unusual; but these suits have paintings on them. On the back of every garment is the story of a patient. Some of these stories are joyous: a mother survives cancer and is able to raise her infant son, or a woman has a second pregnancy without complication. In some stories a child is lost due to a heart condition or to preeclampsia.

balcu_familyThere are 17 artists currently painting in the gallery and 200 people walking around with paintings on their backs. For more information please contact me on Twitter. We would love to have you join us and show the power of the patient story.

Guest blogger Regina Holliday's husband died of kidney cancer in 2009 after weeks of hospitalization in multiple locations. Regina and her husband had problems with care coordination, having access to his own medical records, and lack of compassion from the medical professionals. After her husband's death, Regina started painting murals to depict individuals' experiences with health care, and hasn't stopped.


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