---------- > From: joym <joym> > To: serve > Subject: cancer & art > Date: Tuesday, December 08, 1998 9:01 AM > > Keri, just so! Taking advantage of that window of opportunity is perhaps > the most important thing a cancer patient (and their family, friends) can > do. Although it may seem strange to pair art with cancer, art therapists > have worked with cancer patients and their families for many years, > providing the opportunity to express whatever needs to be expressed. I
know > a woman who was diagnosed with stage 4 (advanced) cancer & was expected
to > die. She had never done any personal growth work, never dealt with her > issues, but rather "stuffed" them in her body. She took the opportunity
to > do the work (in her case it was not through art). She is now healthy & > describes herself as more happy than she has ever been. As the adult
child > of a cancer patient, I can not stress enough how these kids NEED to be
able > to express all of the fear, confusion & sadness they are experiencing.
Art > is a wonderful vehicle for this, especially since they are not always
able > to articulate the raging storm inside. > > Joy > art therapist/basketmaker > http://www.signofthecrow.com