“Blood &Tears”–my jacket from Regina Holliday @ReginaHolliday, @Med_writer #patient #healthcare #nurseup:"Weeks before attending the MedicineX conference as an e-patient scholar at Stanford University in September of 2012, I sent Regina Holliday a suit jacket with a request for her to paint my story. I was ready to become a member of her Walking Gallery . Along with the jacket, I included my new book, The Take-Charge Patient, and a personal note, which mentioned that my story of severe chronic pain was in chapter one of my book.
When I first opened the box that arrived in the mail one weekday afternoon, I withdrew my black jacket with its new visual story painted on the back. The tears came. Maybe tears that harked back to a year and a half of searing lower abdominal pain that kept me from sitting at my desk, from riding in a car, from being the kind of mom I like to be for our daughter, from leading a normal life."