Creative

CreativeCreativity involves various forms of self-expression and can help raise your spirits and get you through the day.
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We provide links to relevant articles and helpful websites below to help you find ways of self-expression and improve your everyday life.

gesture__homeIs your anxiety sky-high? When your imagination is stumbling around too much, redirect it. Turn to writing, singing, running, painting or picking flowers. Don’t forget board games, word games and puzzles. Journaling or looking at favorite magazines or movies can be helpful. Does warm water help you feel better? Find a hot tub. Not sure what calms you down? Try a new hobby, maybe something you’ve always wanted to learn. Meditation and deep breathing are relaxation tools you can use anywhere. Ask someone to pray with you, or walk together to a peaceful, silent space. Too depressed to do anything? Get your favorite person or pet to lie in bed with you, sharing their energy and love for you. Don’t be too proud to accept anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medications. This may be just the time for them. They can help raise your spirits just enough to handle the stress in a more healthy way. Too overwhelmed or numb? Temporary denial can be a good tool to use when things get out of hand (just don’t escape into it all the time). Develop a routine that brings you pleasure. This creative coping can make you feel better and look forward to every day. These authors have other creative ideas to get you started.

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Meta-Art: One way to “go meta” is to think about how art, metaphors, and images can shape your experience with cancer.

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Diagnosis: chaos

“Fire Dance III” (2005)
(from the collection of The Federal Reserve Bank, Washington, D.C.)

Paintings by Rita Blitt (www.ritablitt.com)

(in order of appearance)

“Fire Dance III” (2005)
(from the collection of The Federal Reserve Bank, Washington, D.C.)

“Life Force” series (2004): VII; VIII; V; III; II; I

“Launching Eternity” (2005)

Music by Taylor Ho Bynum (www.taylorhobynum.com) and Tomas Fujiwara (www.tomasfujiwara.com)

“Wisdom,” from True Events (482 Music, 2007)
(copyright Tomas Fujiwara and Taylor Ho Bynum, BMI)

Words and Editing by Michael Lundblad

“Diagnosis Chaos” (2008)

Produced by The MetaCancer Foundation (www.metacancer.org)

Caught in Nature

Excerpt from “Caught in Nature,” a collaborative project
by Rita Blitt and Yehuda Hanani.

Artwork by Survivors at the Truman Medical Center

Artwork by Toni Callis created at the Truman Cente

Artwork by Lisa G Dillon created at the Truman Center.

 

Robert, a tattoo artist at the Truman Center, working on a sketch of a rose.

Robert, a tattoo artist at the Truman Center, working on a sketch of a rose.

Sister Barbara McCarthy working on a sketch of a flower at the Truman Center.

Sister Barbara McCarthy working on a sketch of a flower at the Truman Center.