Collaging with Cancer : Cancer and the Wounded Body
Collaging with Cancer #10
Cancer and the Wounded Body
By Anne Marie Bennett
I wasn’t really prepared for the trials that my body went through during my first cancer journey. After two lumpectomies and a lymph node dissection, my chest and left arm were never the same. I knew several women who had had mastectomies at about the same time as my lumpectomies, and I felt guilty whenever I caught myself complaining about how different I looked.
But after discovering SoulCollage®, an intuitive art process created by Seena Frost, I realized that I could honor this part of myself that was somewhat resentful about the physical wounds I had to bear. I fell in love with the four central figures on this card and tried them against several different backgrounds before being “struck” by how beautiful they looked against the tree being lit up by the lightning.
I was further enlightened when I journaled with this card. Listen to what she told me.
Who are you?
What do you want from me?
I want you to grieve fully, but I also want you to breathe in the peace of the bird I am cradling to my chest and the butterflies that attach themselves to my clothing.
What do you have to give me?
© 2014 Anne Marie Bennett. All rights reserved.
About Anne Marie Bennett
Anne Marie Bennett is a published author, self-taught artist, and SoulCollage® Facilitator/Trainer with a website dedicated to helping women with any kind of cancer stay connected to Self, Others, and Spirit. More