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Blood and Ink – New Piece on ArtsandHealth.ie

Posted By Ben On December 1, 2012 @ 5:00 pm In Columns and Reflections | Comments Disabled

“Writing was a means of escaping the pain of my condition by imagining and creating other realities. It was also a method of explaining my illness to myself, by documenting experiences, thoughts and emotions, and trying to build something meaningful from them.”

I have a new article up on [1] ArtsandHealth.ie, a national website and resource for use of the arts in healthcare. The piece is called [2] Blood and Ink, and it describes how writing helped me cope with my illness:

My life has been dominated by two fluids: blood and ink. Blood is the source of so many issues to do with my disease; ink has been my instrument of escape.

Illness and creativity, hospital and writing, have always been fused together for me. At age nine I was diagnosed with Fanconi anaemia (FA), a genetic disorder which affects some two or three people in every million. When I was forced to stay out of school shortly after diagnosis, I used my time at home to make magazines, filling pages with words and pictures and sellotaping the sheets together.

FA causes bone marrow failure; it results in low blood counts, leading to low energy and increased risk of injury and infection. FA patients have a much greater risk of contracting cancer than the general population. The average life expectancy remains just 29.

The article also details how I came to be involved in [3] Two Suitcases, a new short film written and directed by Emma Eager and me.

Read the full ArtsandHealth.ie article [4] here – and don’t forget to check out [5] Two Suitcases on YouTube!

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URLs in this post:
[1] ArtsandHealth.ie: http://www.artsandhealth.ie/
[2] Blood and Ink: http://www.artsandhealth.ie/perspectives/blood-and-ink/
[3] Two Suitcases: http://benmurnane.com/?p=703
[4] here: http://www.artsandhealth.ie/perspectives/blood-and-ink/
[5] Two Suitcases on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oy1C3cODM20&feature=plcp

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