Fort Bend area cancer survivors now have a new artistic outlet to help with emotions surrounding their life-changing experience.
Thriving Through Creative Arts is a complimentary expressive art program designed for local cancer survivors and administered by Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. The program gives survivors the opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings about being diagnosed, treated and surviving cancer through art.
“Cancer survivors – being anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer – need time to process their emotions and doing so through creative artistic expression can be a stress-relieving outlet for them as well as a means of coping,” said Melissa De Los Santos, breast and gynecologic oncology nurse navigator, who developed the unique program along with the Director of Oncology Services, Amy Sebastian-Deutsch.
“Thriving Through Creative Arts provides the softer side of cancer care – the much needed, but often forgotten element, of wellness,” said Sebastian-Deutsch. “Through this program, Houston Methodist Sugar Land is helping to provide the important components of expression and healing that can provide significant benefits to survivors.”
The art program is designed to help cancer survivors view Houston Methodist Sugar Land not only as a place that delivers care for the body and eliminates cancer, but also as a center of emotional and spiritual health.
“It’s really about offering a more holistic approach to health care, something that is often missing in today’s technology-driven approach to medicine,” said De Los Santos.
Thriving Through Creative Arts debuted May 3. The class takes place at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital on the first and third Wednesday and Thursday of each month starting at 12:15 p.m.
The mediums used will vary at each meeting along with the project. Photography, painting, jewelry making and journaling are just a few of the mediums planned.
Go to houstonmethodist.org/events to register for a class. For more information about Thriving Through Creative Arts, please contact Melissa De Los Santos at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 281-414-8027.