Art of Medicine show tells pa­tients’ sto­ries

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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.

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