Customer Voice: Story Cure
PMxD started its immersive site visits in West Philadelphia, to engage the community in sharing their stories and experiences in health and wellbeing. We partnered with Yolanda Wisher, Curator of Spoken Word at Philadelphia Contemporary, who created an incredible program called Story Cure, which took place at at the Community Education Center in West Philadelphia. Story Cure featured poetry by Trapeta B. Mayson, story circles for sharing experiences with health care and self-care, and a tea making workshop to nourish the soul.
Healthcare, Self-Care, and Wellness
Yolanda Wisher, Curator of Spoken Word at Philadelphia Contemporary shares her vision for hosting Story Cure. She hopes to help people change their narrative, letting them become the agent of their stories not the object.
Music by Paul Giess: www.paulgiessmusic.com
The Voices of Story Cure
I remember learning about empathy, and how to take care of people and the importance of community. I feel like those few formative years, and the few vivid memories I have of him just have taught me so much about healing.
Not all doctors are so willing to put power back in your hands. Because, you know, power is a funny thing. But these doctors were, and they empowered me to take ownership of my health care and my self care for me and my family.
The only way for anyone to tell me if I needed to take these meds every day, or just when I needed to sleep was to get admitted. So I have to be admitted into the hospital for three days, in the psych ward, so that they could tell me you should take these meds every day.
It was the most transformative, powerful moment in my life, the moment where I felt most powerful that I was responsible for bringing my child into the world. Not that a doctor had delivered my child for me.
by Trapeta B. Mayson