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Powerful patient stories featured in newly published collection

May 7, 2008 - Mount Sinai Hospital psychiatrist Dr. Allan Peterkin and occupational therapist Julie Hann have co-edited a compilation of deeply moving and powerful personal narratives by people living with HIV/AIDS, called Still Here: A Post-Cocktail AIDS Anthology.still-here1.jpg

Years ago, Dr. Peterkin and colleague Hann wanted to give people living with HIV/AIDS a healing and creative outlet. They created a therapeutic writing group at Mount Sinai’s Clinic for HIV-Related Concerns, encouraging patients to write about their experiences living and surviving with the illness.

Now, these stories have been compiled in a book published by Toronto's Life Rattle Press.

“I am delighted to announce that a selection of the short stories created in our groups over the last eight years are being published,” says Hann.

The book contains stories submitted by participants from several different groups, and presents a wide range of voices and styles.

“This book is a wonderful way to honour all those who shared their stories and to bring hope to others in the community who can now appreciate them,” adds Dr. Peterkin. “It’s the first collection that really covers living with HIV as a chronic illness since the advent of combination anti-retroviral treatments (i.e. “The Cocktail”) some ten years ago.”

The book also contains a section with tips called Forming an Expressive Writing Book, for readers who might want to start their own expressive writing group.

Still Here: A Post-Cocktail AIDS Anthology will be available for purchase online at www.liferattle.ca.