Program Team member, Ana Parra, tells us a little about Emily Reach White, one of the presenters at this year’s March 22 conference.
2013 presenter Emily Reach has many roles. She’s a filmmaker, teacher, writer and student. And over the years her studies and work have covered everything from biology to English literature, but recently she’s been focusing on more personal topics. Through her films and blog, Emily has been exploring narrative medicine, an emerging field that has helped her tell her story.
For many people, narrative medicine may conjure up pictures of Dr. House or healing workshops, but, simply put, Narrative Medicine is an approach that aims to treat the whole person, not just the illness. After watching her father struggle with Chronic Lyme Disease for over ten years, Emily wanted to find out what made some diseases more visible and accepted than others. Narrative medicine led her to understand that there were no cultural references to her father’s disease. In order for Lyme Disease to be visible, its story and the story of the people diagnosed with the disease, had to be told.
Emily, a filmmaker, a teacher, a writer, and a student, wants to right the inequalities that exist in the medical field. She wants to share her story and on March 22nd we invite you to listen.