Being a Good Story: Living with Serious Illness

Being a Good Story: Living with Serious Illness

Being ill requires telling stories, from medical histories to news updates for friends and family. For more than two decades, Arthur Frank has taken these stories seriously, first during his own illnesses and later observing others. The lecture explores differences between the stories we can readily fall into and stories we might craft with reflection.

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Being ill requires telling stories, from medical histories to news updates for friends and family. For more than two decades, Arthur Frank has taken these stories seriously, first during his own illnesses and later observing others. Our sense of who we are and what we are experiencing is intimately tied to the stories we tell ourselves and others. The lecture explores differences between the stories we can readily fall into and stories we might craft with reflection. What makes a story good not for simply coping with illness, but for making illness a meaningful part of one’s life?

Published: Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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