Belfast Telegraph

Cancer patients draw on experiences with art therapy

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland has announced a series of dates for its free art journaling programme for local cancer patients.

The series of four workshops enables participants to use a mixture of art and writing to explore their experiences on their cancer journey and discover where they are now.

The workshops will take place between 11.00am and 2.00pm on Sept ember 3, October 29, November 26 and December 17 at Cancer Focus Northern Ireland's main service centre on Eglantine Avenue.

Mary Deery (59) from Newtownabbey was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003 and needed a mastectomy. In 2010 she was then diagnosed with non-hodgkins lymphoma. She said: "I find it really empowering. I'm helping myself and at the same time I'm also able to help others in the class through sharing my experiences, listening to them and being able to signpost them services that I found helped me.

"Meeting other people who have been through a similar experience is a huge part of it. It makes it very sociable and at times lots of fun. I've taken what I've learnt through the workshop and continue to keep a journal at home. Personally I've found it an extremely positive experience and would encourage anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer to give it a try. It's a form of therapy that I will definitely carry with me."

The art journaling workshops provided by Cancer Focus are entirely confidential and take place in a safe and caring environment. All materials are provided free of charge and participants can use a variety of mediums such as paints, pastels, pencils or pens.

Participants are required to pre-book, as there are a limited number of places available. To book please contact Cancer Focus on 028 9066 3281 or email

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