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 shows me the uniqueness with which each family member processes hearing the initial cancer diagnosis.Some ponder the questions, 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. (Read my second post dated, June 26th) And others allow themselves to feel their anger while expressing positive thoughts for the body’s natural ability to heal (This post).
Kit, mother of two teenaged children and sister-in-law to the loved one just diagnosed, was mad. Mad at the cancer, mad at the cells gone bad, mad at the cyst, mad at the tumors in the cyst and mad all that green gunk around the tumor described by the surgeon. Yet, she was determined to remain positive to encourage all the healthy cells alive to remain strong.
Notice, the words written across the bottom of her vivid pastel drawing:
feel soothing nucleus created being serious deadly abnormal tumors destroy normal
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