Art Therapy and Cancer Care (Facing Death) by Diane Waller, Caryl Sibbett

By Diane Waller, Caryl Sibbett

A consultant to melanoma therapy aid via artwork treatment artwork remedy comprises utilizing paintings production to unencumber feelings felt via sufferers affliction life-threatening ailments. This e-book presents new theoretical insights into the worth of paintings treatment for melanoma victims.

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No need to share our inner thoughts with those we love or give any indication that there is anything to worry about. After all, it could be something that we have amplified through some mysterious act of our imagination. Such a thought, rather than being even slightly heroic, is built into our idea of what it is to love someone. In illness, as in death, the first inclination is to deny it as a first line of defence against despair. We don’t intend it to be a game – after all our life is at stake – but it bears a remarkable resemblance to the very first game of all: the game of beep-o, which both excites us and puts us in touch with other persons and, perhaps for the first time in our lives, allows us to experience a sense of engagement, with others and also with ourselves.

Self (1999), a psychiatric senior house officer, comments on her personal experience of having osteosarcoma: ‘I was fascinated to hear the term “Damocles syndrome” used to describe the psychosocial stresses experienced by survivors of childhood cancer. ’ Dyer (2002), a physician with cancer, suggests that ‘recovery from cancer was much like recovery from alcoholism; once you had it, you were always in recovery (or remission), never really cured’. The art therapy clients who participated in this study reported this limbo experience in various ways.

Betwixt and between’ (Turner 1995: 95) transition experience. • Incorporation – or reincorporation; the passage is ‘consummated’ and the person is in a ‘relatively stable’ position (Turner 1982: 24). Writing of the ‘cancer experience’, Bronson (1994) describes how, at a conference on cancer, Achterberg compared cancer to ‘a rite of passage’ with its three phases of ‘a separation and wrenching away from life as usual’ (like diagnosis), a ‘transition time . . like the solitary journey of cancer treatment’, and ‘re-entry’ into society as a changed person.

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