Art Therapy

I found art therapies really helpful as they act as a form of mindfulness and keep the mind grounded.  With every stroke of the pencil on the paper, I was thinking about the shape of the drawing and how each pencil stroke would develop the picture.  This process stops any other intrusive thoughts of cancer from entering your mind.  I found this really helpful when my mind was starting to quieten down.  I felt that my mind had to reach a point of calm before I could engage properly with detailed art.   Some arts require less intense concentration which can help when the mind is more stressed, for example, knitting/crochet, scrap-booking/photo albums, card-making. 

If you are interested in joining an art project, The Breast Cancer Art Project is specifically for people who have experienced breast cancer.  Here is further information about art therapy and art therapy classes and also here.

Below are examples of some of the art which I've done.  It doesn't have to be award winning art.  It should be enjoyable and therapeutic.  Notice the gap in my drawing dates which were done before my diagnosis and after my treatment finished.  During my treatment I didn't draw and made cards instead.

Mother & Child
Sketched from a photograph

My Daughter in Disneyland as a child
Sketched from a photograph

My Son at a play centre as a child
Sketched from a photograph

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