A wonderful approach to get kids through treatment. Read more here.
There are some amazing people in HK, one of them was Rae Leung. The way she combined art and illness... we can only marvel at.
Patients undergoing high-risk stem-cell transplant treatments got the opportunity to work with a music therapist and make their own music video.
Amongst the many benefits, improved resilience and relationship with people around them were clearly noticeable.
To read the whole article, go to the BBC website.
Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres exemplify the importance of building design within healthcare, recovery and bereavement. Some of the biggest names in architecture such as Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry and Richard Rogers donated their time to create these amazing centres.
Have a look at the Maggie's website for more information and to see the beautiful buildings or watch the video below.
How does Bob Carey deal with his wife's breast cancer? By helping the best way he can.
Have a look at the incredibly moving video of one man -in a tutu- with a lot of love.
If you want to know more about Bob Carey, please have a look at his website www.thetutuproject.com. There is also an interview with the man himself in the Huffington Post.
Mark Nepo has survived cancer several times now. He has written about his experience extensively and Surviving has made me crazy is the latest book of poetry dealing with the invasive illness in his life.
James Owens wrote an interesting book review about Nepo's work of which I want to share the first paragraph with you here, the rest of the review you can find on the website , by clicking here.
It makes perfect sense that there should be kinship between poetry and healing. Poetry can grow from the deepest places in the self, and those same recesses will be affected by the experience of any serious illness, such as the bouts with cancer that have given shape and purpose to the writing and teaching of Mark Nepo, author of Surviving Has Made Me Crazy. We may sometimes forget the essential nature of this connection, with the contemporary Western world´s focus on the physical aspects of disease, its causes and cure, but some other cultures have always known the power of words that touch the core of an afflicted person through ritual and incantation, through sacred text and prayer. Christians remember this connection when they speak of Christ both as The Word and as The Great Physician, and there are similar instances in other traditions. While Nepo never slights the importance of medical and scientific knowledge, his poems push forward to a wider understanding that can only be called spiritual.
More about the book and some excerpts, you can find on Nepo's website by clicking here.
In June 2012, Mattel will distribute the first hairless Barbies to hospitalised kids with cancer in the US and Canada. Super!
To read more, please click here.
Clive Parkinson, the Director of Arts for Health at the Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) speaks about how relevant the arts are when given a diagnosis of cancer or dementia.
In his talk he discusses the Maggie's cancer centres. I will post some information about it in my next post.
If you want to know more about Arts and Health Australia, this is their website http://www.artsandhealth.org. You can find more interesting talks on there, all downloadable as podcasts.
If you want to know more about Clive Parkinson and Arts for Health at the MMU, this is their website www.artsforhealth.org.
Tell me and I will forget;
show me and I may remember;
involve me and I will understand.
Old Chinese Proverb