Guest Post: Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance |We Got the FUNK

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Guest Post: Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance

Hello Lovely Readers!

When I was contacted by Melanie Brown from the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance I was thrilled to hear her thoughts on Art and Creativity and how it is a method of healing for cancer patients.  As some of my readers know Cancer has hit my family and taken my loved ones recently.  I am sure many of us are in the same situation.  Take a moment and read her guest post below!


Create Art, Create Healthiness

Life Happens

No one plans to get sick with bronchitis, get injured at work or even receive something as rare as a prognosis of mesothelioma—but more often then not, life incidences catch us off guard and can significantly alter our former way of living. However, we cannot allow unpredictable events to take over our lives. We must find a way to soldier on. Expressing ourselves through art is a great way to feel more relaxed and optimistic.

Creativity is Healing

Frequently we inadvertently use art to help us manage overwhelming feelings such as stress and disappointment. Studies have shown that art therapy can help relieve depression and anxiety. Expressing oneself through art allows us to feel more optimistic. We can alter our quality of life through art; we just need to find our own personal inspiration. This can be anything from past experiences to something from your wildest dreams. Anyone can benefit from the therapeutic influence of art, whether it’s the person next door to someone suffering from autism to a cancer patient…creativity heals.

"Imagination rules the world." Napoleon could not have said it better. Using the arts to inspire, to create ambition, is an excellent way to facilitate healing. Whether you choose music, photography, scrapbooking, crafting, sewing, painting, the creative outlets are endless. Physically creating a work of art to illustrate a memory or keepsake is exhilarating and when you have finished, it leaves such a sense of accomplishment. You have created something beautiful, how can you not help but smile?  

Inspire

Art gives you something to be passionate about. Sharing the inspiration of creativity is just as rewarding as creating. Inspire others, stir up that ambition, encourage each other and create! Scrapbooking is an excellent way to get your craft on. The sensory experience alone helps us to feel better, working with the patterns and colors and textures to create a final masterpiece. Knitting, crocheting and sewing can also be very relaxing with the very rhythmic actions that go into creating each line of a scarf, blanket or even sweater. With the digital era, photography is a medium that allows you to do so many different things. Capturing a fleeting moment forever in a still frame and then editing and tweaking it to portray it how you wish the world to see it is simply amazing.

Using art as therapy is not unheard of. Art has been used to improve depression and fatigue on cancer patients that were currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Everyone needs a little inspiration, a little oomph to get them going in the right direction.  The great thing about art is with art there are no limits. Your imagination can take you wherever you want to go and you can create anything. Art changes lives, what’s stopping you from changing yours?


Check out a lot more information on wellness at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance
-Melanie Brown