A Matter of the Heart/The Heart of the Matter: A Social Worker IN Cardio-Rehab Groupwork

  • Gregory D. Gross College of Saint Rose

Abstract

Massive arterial blockages sent the author scrambling to surgery, recovery, and, in the end, to cardio rehab. Years of teaching social group work had only partly prepared the author for the group experience that rehab would provide him. The men and women in his rehab group demanded much more than attention to the physical; they needed to tell their stories about how heart failure and cure had changed their lives. From week to week, the group's nurse facilitators obliged their needs without ever once asking, "How do you feel? " (except in regard to bodies-in-rebuild). The outcome: hearts mend, after all!
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