The transplant experience is ripe with intensity. The nature-defying movement from near-death to a full life. A story containing both tragedy and redemption; with transplant donor and recipient alike being sustained beyond the expected trajectory of a passing. The separation of wholeness into parts and the reconfiguration of the half which has the potential of … More The Extra Layer of Intensity (The Complexity of Being A Transplant Participant)
We all respond to crisis differently. Some people thrive on staying busy, others thrive on slowing down. There’s no right or wrong way, and there’s no mistaking that the last 6 months have been a collective crisis: medically, politically, psychologically. It turns out that if one mixes a tendency towards the latter coping strategy with … More What the hell happened in the last 6 months (an update)
This February marks the eighteenth anniversary of my heart transplant.
A little update: I will be part of TACKERS’ volunteer staff team this year! Since 2002, TACKERS (based in Anzere, Switzerland), has been giving children who have experienced organ transplantation opportunities to meet other transplant kids- as well as to engage in snow sports and creative activities. This year’s camp shall be held from 8th … More News: Invited to TACKERS (Transplant Adventure Camp for Kids) as Volunteer this March
The story behind my being invited to present my research at my home University contains more synchronicity than one might initially assume.
On 1st December 2019 I had the opportunity to join the discussion about the importance of patients being directly involved in research about their health conditions, as well as the discussion about what ‘being human’ is all about! As a heart transplant recipient and intersubjective researcher myself, it was interesting to learn how “scientific” fellow … More News: Radio Guest on Heart N Soul Radio station at the Wellcome Gallery, London (01.12.19)
In the middle of August, soon after returning to the the UK from the Hybrid Minds/Hybrid Bodies symposium, I got a phone call from Montreal-based journalist Mathieu Perreault. He was curious about my experience as a transplant recipient as well as an intersubjective researcher. Below is a copy of the eventual article about the symposium- … More News: Featured in La Presse article about Hybrid Minds/Hybrid Bodies Symposium
Further blog posts, including photos and possibly videos, to follow!
The topic of organ transplantation is an inherently weighty one. It touches upon themes of life and death, suffering and redemption, tragedy and advanced biotechnological innovation. On a basic level, how does one mediate this complexity to the mainstream? And on a deeper level, how might one -how might I- go about successfully communicating … More On Being a Successful Communicator: How DOES one mediate difficult topics?