A family draws glioblastoma multiforme Part 2 of 3

 

Bodyscapes session, June 2013

Bodyscapes session, June 2013

Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most common and deadliest malignant primary brain tumors in adults. When this cancer strikes a 35 year old wife and mother of a three and one and a half year old, everyone in an entire family system tries to come to terms with their feelings. Art-making is a way to work through a process to explore the experience of the initial diagnosis of cancer, which is overwhelming. Three extended members of one family engaged in a Bodyscapes session to show their support for their loved one. 

My work has shown me the uniqueness with which each family member processes hearing the initial cancer diagnosis. Some ponder the questions of why we live and die. (Read Joe’s poem in my first post dated, June 26th) Some tap into their natural ability for optimism amid crisis. (This post) And others allow themselves to feel their anger while expressing positive thoughts for the body’s natural ability to heal. (Read Kit’s poem and view the striking image she drew on the third post dated, June 26th) Here is a drawing and poem which speaks to value the caring nature and everlasting spirit of the family member just diagnosed. The author is a senior in high school. 

strong core values, heart that cares for all and continues through everything, carry on, carry on…

Core Values by Grace McDonald, 2013 Pastel on Fabriano Paper, 36"x 24"

Core Values by Grace McDonald, 2013 Pastel on Fabriano Paper, 36″x 24″

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