After spending the afternoon yesterday with kids in the oncology unit at Children’s Mercy Hospital, I was reminded once again of the powerful ways art can help people manage the stress and discomfort of chronic illness. This article in Psychology Today highlights individuals who have used art to express the nature of their pain and in some cases aided their doctors in understanding their chronic pain better because some people are better at illustrating their pain than describing it with words.
Yesterday, making ooglys with young people who are managing cancer diagnosis and treatment, I got to see firsthand how art can alleviate the boredom and stress for kids who have to be hospitalized for their treatments. In addition, their caregivers had a chance to enjoy a different type of activity with the kids that didn’t focus on being sick.
One boy was particularly entranced with the clay and made this wonderful “monster oogly.”