A family draws glioblastoma multiforme Part 3 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. 

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).  Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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, Continue reading