Artist Shares How His Work Aids Recovery

March 3, 2014

Ron Baisley shares his work with participants

of the Brainstormers Support Group

Fort Scott, Kan. ­– Ron Baisley is an artist. He’s found his creativity is expressed best through wood carving. He takes a scraggly piece of oak and resurrects it into a storybook.

But more importantly, the time he spends whittling is therapy. After an injury 13 years ago, Ron was left with a long journey to recovery.   

Ron explains, “The carving helps reduce my panic attacks.”  

“Although I may only spend 20 minutes at a time carving, I have hours upon hours invested in my pieces,” he says. “The time allows me to channel my thoughts into some beautiful and long-lasting.”

Ron is just one in the group of Brainstomers, a support group for those with changes in brain function whether by stroke, traumatic brain injury or illness.

The Brainstormers meet the last Tuesday of the month from 5-6 p.m. in the Xavier Room in the lower level of Mercy Hospital. They get together to encourage, mentor and learn from each another about how to best cope with or overcome a set-back in brain function. 

On March 24, the group will meet and Alice Helton, RN and Mercy’s certified diabetes educator will facilitate a discussion about skin issues after a stroke. The physical affects following a stroke make patients have a higher risk for pressure ulcers and skin problems. Discussion will focus on areas of the skin at risk, methods to avoid problems, when to make contact with a doctor and skin issues that might cause problems now and in the future.

Refreshments are provided.

Future meeting dates in 2014 are April 29, May 27, June 24, July 29, August 26, September 30, October 28 and November 25.  The group will not meet in December.

For more information, contact the Mercy Marketing Department at 620-223-8094 or email

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