With a few dips of a paint brush and a couple strokes on a canvass, cancer patients express something that no words can ever describe. ‘Art Through Cancer’ is a new programme at the Cayman Islands Cancer Society (CICS), and those behind it say it’s key their recovery process.
Lisa Ebanks is a cancer survivor. She teaches new patients and her fellow survivors the joys of expressing themselves through painting.
“Sometimes patients and survivors don’t want to talk, they want to get their emotions out in a different way and art it is an amazing venue and outlet for people to do so,” said Ms. Ebanks. She added, “It is a great way to express what they are feeling, and the dark stuff that they don’t know how to get out.”
Roselee Wood attends the lessons. When Cayman 27 crews stopped by for a visit, Ms Wood was in the process of completing her first piece of artwork. The picture included a heart and the CICS logo. When asked the what was the reason behind her painting she said, after winning her battle with colon cancer, she had much to be grateful for.
“A heart of thankfulness that we made it through this far. We survived the worst of the cancer, and something that cancer cannot kill is friendship love and courage,” said Ms Wood.
She says being around fellow survivors, who are all expressing their feelings through art, helps build a bond of solidarity.
Barbara Llewellyn is a current fight her battle with cancer and says she looks forward to days of Art Through Cancer because it helps with the healing process.
She said, “It keeps us to get there to motivate us, and to take things off our minds.”
Ms Ebanks believes people who have never been diagnosed with cancer don’t truly understand the ordeal patients and survivors must go through, but viewing the paintings is a start.
She said, “Others that don’t have cancer, they look at things and go, ‘Oh, that person really went through some stuff,’ as a public viewing these pictures to and these paintings.”
For many, a fresh canvass is like a fresh start, and it allows them to express what lies deep inside.