After receiving a cancer diagnosis, finding a creative outlet is an important way to help you cope. One in ten people living with cancer are affected by depression; learning how to use art to avoid depression or its triggers can be especially useful during treatment and the healing process. Art is accessible – it can be done at home or in a social setting.
Here are a few ways art can positively impact the lives of those living with cancer:
Provides an opportunity to express emotions during all phases of the cancer journey, including chemotherapy and radiation treatment
Resources Offered Through Gilda’s Club Westchester
Open Art Studio: Gilda’s Club Westchester offers an open art studio hosted by Eva Culhane and held virtually via Zoom. This is an opportunity for companionship, conversation and creating art.
Teen Cancer Story Essay Contest: In partnership with the Westchester Library System and the Rockland County Library System, Gilda’s Club Westchester is inviting teens, ages 13-17, to share their talent and their experiences with cancer. Let us know how cancer has impacted your life through your writing, art, or video! Our deadline is November 1, 2021.