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Lesson Plans

Fw: cancer & art

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joym (joym)
Tue, 8 Dec 1998 09:02:23 -0500

> 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
> a woman who was diagnosed with stage 4 (advanced) cancer & was expected
> 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
> 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
> of a cancer patient, I can not stress enough how these kids NEED to be
> to express all of the fear, confusion & sadness they are experiencing.
> is a wonderful vehicle for this, especially since they are not always
> to articulate the raging storm inside.
> Joy
> art therapist/basketmaker