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Blog Rx: how writing online transforms life altering medical setbacks
Upper Lobby
Blog Rx: how writing online transforms life altering medical setbacks
Noeticus Counseling Center and Training Institute
Five years ago, at the age of 30, I entered a diagnostic process for a rare liver disorder, Autoimmune Hepatitis with cirrhosis. This experience lead me to return to graduate school in Somatic Counseling... Read more

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Five years ago, at the age of 30, I entered a diagnostic process for a rare liver disorder, Autoimmune Hepatitis with cirrhosis. This experience lead me to return to graduate school in Somatic Counseling Psychology, wanting to support clients and clinicians around life-altering medical setbacks.

For this presentation I am most curious about the question, as both a patient and clinician, of how do technology and creativity support the next stage of potential in medical healing? Many interventions have created layers of healing for me, from the initial trauma, through grieving identity, reconstructing cellular resilience with medication, reframing my perspective psychologically, and many more. As survivors of life-threatening medical setbacks we go through many stages. One of those areas of focus tends to be to create meaning around our experiences, in an effort to be with the uncomfortable and the existential questions of why me, why this, why now… what is this disease teaching me? Additionally, like some others, I have a desire to effectively self-disclose in community, to support self-healing as well as to gain the feeling that someone else can learn and grow from my experience of illness and recovery. The platform most relevant to my life today, five years from my initial, yet chronic, diagnosis, is my most recent expedition: blogging.

 

Zina Mercil (LPCC, R-DMT, RSMT, RYT) is a body and movement-based
therapist, presenter, speaker, writer, performer, and catalyst.  She specializes in working with clients and
clinicians around life-altering medical setbacks and potential post-traumatic
growth, using an orientation based in mindfulness, existential psychology, and
trauma-informed somatic counseling.  Read
more at her website/blog: www.zinamercil.org Additionally she is an
MA Counseling Extern at Noeticus Counseling Center (www.noeticus.org),
co-facilitates secondary-trauma and resiliency trainings with the VitalHearts
Organization (www.vitalhearts.org), and created and facilitates the Heart of
the Athena Program with the Project Athena Foundation (www.projectathena.org).

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