Art of Medicine show tells patients’ stories
SYDNEY — A showcase of how the arts can be used to enhance patient care and well-being will take place on Monday at St. Theresa’s Parish Centre.
The Art of Medicine is organized by the Cape Breton Cancer Centre and includes a number of projects that use visual, musical, literary and horticultural arts to help patients contend with their illness and to help others to better understand the experience of being sick.
“We hope people will come away from the Art of Medicine more attentive to the patient’s voice as we try to understand the illness experience,” said Tom McNeil, a medical social worker with the Cape Breton Cancer Centre, in a news release.
“The arts can encourage that voice. We just have to listen.” This year, the Art of Medicine will again highlight the work of Write On, a creative writing group consisting of Paul MacDougall and cancer patients. Other projects to be highlighted are Shelly Allen’s music therapy group and the photography of Paula Graham, a participant in last year’s Art of Living program. 5IF TIPX UBLFT QMBDF GSPN p.m. on Monday and is made possible through the support of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation, the Cape Breton Cancer Centre, volunteers, MacDougall, Allen and the patients who share their stories through art.