Healing Icons® is partnering with Dr. Frank Berger and The Center for Colon Cancer Research of USC to provide a series of arts and healing workshops for colon cancer survivors this fall. There will be no cost for participants to take part in these workshops due to the generous underwriting of CCCR!
A Holistic Approach to Healing
Receiving a cancer diagnosis is a deeply jarring experience that ushers the cancer patient into a world of overwhelming psycho-social and spiritual issues. In this summer’s CURE magazine, the article “Vital Signs: Recognizing and Managing Distress” speaks to the importance of healing the whole person, not just the body:
Most of the time, negative emotional responses to cancer, such as vulnerability and sadness, are normal, manageable and temporary. But for more than one-third of patients, cancer instills an avalanche of fear, anger and anxiety that takes over and doesn’t go away, intensifying the experience. Experts call this response “distress,” and it is an increasing focus of comprehensive cancer care.
Many doctors have come to accept that treating distress will not only improve the quality of life for people living with cancer but will also enhance treatment adherence, hasten recovery times and even lower healthcare costs. In fact, so much support has coalesced around the value of recognizing distress that, starting in 2015, more than 1,500 cancer centers in the nation will need to screen patients for distress to maintain their accreditation with the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.
Art Therapy for Colon Cancer Survivors
We need more than medicine to heal. The creative act ushers us past verbal expression into a silent realm full of color, shape, texture and image. Within this world, a different kind of strength and healing is accessed where anxiety and distress loosens its hold. Absolutely no experience is needed to participate in Healing Icons® offerings!
Who: Adult colon cancer survivors
What: A series of art & healing workshops
When: You may register for one or all three! Absolutely no experience is required!
Thursday, September 26th from 1pm – 5pm
Mandalas for Centering Strength
Thursday, October 10th from 1pm – 5pm
Mandalas for Harvesting Gratitude
Thursday, October 24th from 1pm – 5pm
Mandalas for Restoring Balance
Where: The Lourie Center
1650 Park Circle Columbia, SC 29201
Located near the intersection of Blossom and Pickens in Five Points, next to Maxcy Gregg Pool, adjacent to the beautiful University of South Carolina campus
Why: We need more than medicine to heal.
How: Register by email – [email protected] — or call Kendra at 777-1231
About your instructors:
Heidi Darr-Hope, founder of Healing Icons®, has been a visual artist for over 40 years and has ushered thousands of cancer patients through the Art of Survival.
Christy Clonts, of Wisdom Scout Coaching and Ceremonies, is a holistic life coach, life cycle celebrant®, writer and teacher.