A family draws glioblastoma multiforme Part 1 of 3

Bodyscapes session, June 2013

A family 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. 

It is said that illness is one of life’s many experiences which reveals insights related to our experience of living. It is said that art-making is one of the practices which illuminates our deeper understanding of life. The following poem, Brain, written by Joseph Sher, age 17, reveals through metaphor the possible connections between brain cancer, consciousness, and thought.


The thought vault, impassable to all uninvited, broken, a thief invading, stealthy unconsciousness, requiring removal as it takes conscious thought, the emotional awareness of self fogged, obscured. As it’s removed, normality returned, cerebellum returning to balance as it balances the body.The cerebral core returning to shine, gold sparkling in the vault, brain returning to uniqueness as thought, life is returned.

Brain by Joe Sher, 2013 Pastel on Fabrianao Paper, 14" X 17"

Brain by Joe Sher, 2013 Pastel on Fabrianao Paper, 14″ X 17″


The Red & Orange House relies on support from individual donors to maintain our work in hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Each gift brings another art-making experience to a patient’s bedside, their family sitting in a family surgical waiting room, a private home or a workshop. Donor benefits include a weekly subscription to our upcoming newsletter. You can share the powerful healing moments experienced by program participants and their families. 

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