Art of Being Grateful

Undefeated

Undefeated

The past week has been very reflective for me. For those who do not know, I was diagnosed with cancer for the second time in my life in September 2018. Last week I completed radiation therapy and have been declared NED (no evidence of disease). I am very grateful.

Compared to just a month ago I feel less panic and despair. During these past 6 months, I continued to create art with a new found passion. It has not been easy. I had to force myself to concentrate on creating and not dwell on my diagnosis. My emotions were channeled into my art, and my art allowed me to express the depths of my soul. I am very grateful.

Illness is both a gift and a trauma. I am very grateful.

I hope to be cancer free for a long time. I don't know how long that will be. Each day is a blessing. Each day is a gift. I am very grateful.

Because creating art has helped me so much I want to help others. During the next month or so I plan on reaching out to the art therapy programs at Orlando Health/UF Cancer Center and the Moffit Cancer Center in Tampa. Both of these cancer centers have art therapy programs for patients and families. The art is the physical kind of painting and creating collages. I do not see a digital art program. My hope is to help create a digital art program where patients can learn and create both at the cancer centers and at home. I want to give back. I am very grateful.

This month I am honored to be the featured artist in Living the Photo Artistic Life. This is such a privilege and I am very grateful. 

There is a curative power in being grateful. Being thankful awakens feeling. There is always something to be grateful for in our lives. 

Patricia Saizan