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Six Word Story

At MI2's 6th annual Innovations in... Thinking Differently Forum: Insight & Imagination, over 400 attendees participated in a group exercise called the "Six Word Story". Here's a compilation of some of the results.

  

Six Word Story Instructions

Write a Six Word Story

About Illness, Health, or Healthcare

From Any Perspective

(e.g. patient, family member, clinician, administrator)

Google lied. Doctor tried. Mother cried.

Ouch. Stitches. I won’t do that again.

Passengers, is there a doctor onboard?

Congratulations, you are a true survivor.

Diagnosis is scary until it isn’t.

Never give up, hope is here.

Extend my life at all costs.

I see two of you. Stroke.

I’m pregnant. Let’s go shoe shopping.

Year deployment. Home again. Baby’s coming.

Sir, today you are cancer free.

Help me doc, got no insurance.

A hospital stay is never short.

Congratulations, you’re the parents of quintuplets!

Code RED. This is not a drill.

Sir, today you are cancer free.

Congratulations, you’re the parents of quintuplets!

I’m pregnant. Let’s go shoe shopping!

Chances. Opportunity. Freedom. Daily moments. Life.

Mother. Bestfriend. Cancer. Fighter. Hero. Healthy.

Walk inside. Feel welcomed. Leave healthy.

I fixed a nutritious dinner. Eat!

No time. More connection. What health?

I am thankful. I am healthy.

It’s a boy with healthy lungs.

Minding lifelong health will yield dividends.

Year deployment. Home again. Baby’s coming.

Do you know the baby’s gender?

Congratulations! A boy or a girl?

I quit - I got another chance.

I have to survive for them.

Drink water. Your body thanks you.

Open the door for endless possibilities.

Be healthy for love of others.

Be healthy for your family.

I’m vegan. It’s not always easy.

Extend my life. At all costs.

Life almost disappeared. Welcome home Steve.

Continuous glucose. Now continuously glucose monitored.

EMS called. Oxygen mask. Child crying.

Can’t play! Wheelchair sports! Game over!

I only had 3 beers last night.

I see two of you. Stroke.

I read online that I have…

Hello doctor. Please make me better.

Becoming ill has changed my parents.

We’re going to beat this cancer.

Cancer preys with no boundaries set.

Cancer made me appreciate every minute.

So many tests. No answers yet.

Congratulations, you are a true survivor.

Diagnosis is scary until it isn’t. Never give up, hope is here.

Google lied. Doctor tried. Mother cried.

I’m in pain; where’s my meds?

I don’t want to leave them.

Cancer. Follow this plan and win.

Doctor, your injection won’t hurt me.

Kyle bit Alex, she told mommy.

Hi patient, bad news, it’s cancer.

Mrs. Smith, your mom has passed.

I’m so sorry for your loss.

Illness is difficult and life changing.

Georgetown- stitches- best day ever.

Positive attitude during treatment inspired me.

Resiliency despite illness inspired me.

Wonderful brother. Loving dad. Cancer kills.

Healing my child will change you.

Knowledge is key to understanding illness.

Cancer takes away too many lives.

Sorry but lab tests not normal.

Minor Surgery. Complications. Long extended stay.

Spouse in surgery. Waiting is tough.

Things went wrong. No minor procedures.

Hepatitis B is the deadliest Hepatitis virus.

Malaria is caused by the plasmodium.

Cancer changed my view of life.

Yes, I’m sure I’m not pregnant.

Never smoked. I have lung cancer?

Ouch. Stitches. I won’t do that again.

Passengers, is there a doctor onboard?

How much longer I got, doctor?

You are our youngest patient yet.

Will I ever go home again?

Doctor, something does not feel right.

I didn’t even know her name.

Beep beep beep beeeeeep. Code Blue.

A hospital stay is never short.

Help me doc, got no insurance.

How much will this cost me?

ICD-10 is a huge learning curve.

Providers have nightmares about ICD-10 implementation.

We all need caregivers over doctors.

Treat patients like your family. Always.

I listened, prescribed and enhanced life. I listened, prescribed and advanced life.

Caring plus knowledge creates magical healthcare.

Caring health moves from fear to home.

I know you’re scared, I’m here.

Flu shots don’t give you flu.

Avoid the hospital at all costs.

Please tell your story somewhere else.

Creative healthcare leaders never give up.

It is time to be positive.

Healthcare- a rollercoaster of changes.

Hospital reimbursements factors incorporate quality performance.

Smile even when answering the phone.

Help me create time for you.

Here’s less money. Now do more!

There is a code for that.

I know a code for that.

Nurses are the backbone of healthcare.

Called for help. Doctor dismissed me.

Doctor visit. Long wait. Try PromptCare.

That has not been done before.

All questions go to managed care.

Sorry, we’re not accepting new patients.

Work family balance not easily achieved.

Do not forget humanity marches on.

Technology advances leaving us far behind.

It hurts. We care. Please wait.

Can you email me my results?

I have other patients waiting too.

I need to be seen NOW.

Doc, I just have one more question.

I’m the customer, I’m always right!

Can you just call in my meds?

Healing, my child, will change you.

Why do I need to pay?

We hear your worries and fears.

A bright day is right here.

Patients are scared, show you care.

Need help, where to go, PromptCare.

No sleep. 48 hours. Still waiting.

Doctors gave up, but I didn’t. I gave up, but mom didn’t.

When can I go home, doctor?

Surgery. Waiting. Out of surgery. Waiting.

Code RED. This is not a drill.

Thank you for saving my life.

Baby shoes. For sale. Never worn. –Ernest Hemmingway (possibly)

Passengers, this isn’t your captain speaking.

Hold my beer, this’ll be legendary. – Brad Wynn

Found true love. Married someone else. – Dave Eggers

THC. LSD. DUI. CPR. DOA. RIP.*

Goodbye mission control. Thanks for trying.*

70 years, few tears, hairy ears. - Bill Querengesser

Mom taught me how to shave.*

I asked. You answered with silence.*

Strangers. Friends. Best friends. Lovers. Strangers.*

Paramedics finished her text, "...love you." *

*from www.reddit.com/r/sixwordstories