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  • Writer's pictureLisa Dunk

Art Therapy

Let's delve into the transformative world of art therapy and its profound impact on navigating the challenges of cancer. Art therapy isn't just about creating pretty pictures—it's a powerful tool for healing.

Studies have shown that art therapy can significantly improve the emotional well-being and quality of life of cancer patients and survivors. Research conducted by the American Cancer Society indicates that engaging in creative activities like painting, drawing, and sculpting can reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress among people with cancer.

One of the unique benefits of art therapy is its ability to transcend language barriers and tap into the depths of our innermost thoughts and emotions. For people grappling with complex feelings of fear, grief, and uncertainty, art provides a safe and non-verbal outlet for self-expression and exploration.

Art therapy empowers individuals to reclaim a sense of agency and control over their lives, offering a canvas for self-discovery and empowerment. Through the process of creating art, people can cultivate resilience, find meaning in their experiences, and envision a future filled with possibility.

Resources for Art Therapy:

  1. The American Art Therapy Association (AATA): Explore the AATA website for information on finding certified art therapists, accessing resources, and learning more about the benefits of art therapy.

  2. Cancer Support Community: Many cancer support organizations, including the Cancer Support Community, offer art therapy programs and workshops for individuals affected by cancer. Check with your local chapter to see what's available in your area.

  3. Twist Out Cancer: Founded by Jenna Benn Shersher, Twist Out Cancer is a nonprofit organization that harnesses the power of art to support individuals touched by cancer. Their Brushes With Cancer program pairs people with artists to create meaningful works of art inspired by their cancer experience.

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