Tiffany Bystra, MS, OTR/L is a faculty instructor in Occupational Therapy at The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in Austin, TX. She graduated from Western Michigan University, where she received her BS in Interdisciplinary Health Services and an MS in Occupational Therapy. While practicing at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, she earned a Certificate of Professional Achievement in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University. Her passions and research interests reside in psychosocial oncology and cancer survivorship, pathographies of complex medical care (namely critical care), health humanities, and mental health advocacy. Through this poem, she hopes to illuminate how respite and healing can be found in the cadence of a poem, in the tenderness of a musical phrase, and in the nuanced brushstrokes of a canvas, for patients and providers alike.
The Journal for the Humanities in Rehabilitation is a peer reviewed, multi-media journal using a collaborative model with rehabilitation professionals, patients and their families to gain a greater understanding of the human experience of disability through art, literature and narrative. The purpose of this interdisciplinary journal is to raise the consciousness and deepen the intellect of the humanistic relationship in the rehabilitation sciences.
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