Has anyone else used writing as therapy?

I watched a new documentary called Unrest.  It really brings to light how incredibly obtuse the medical community can be.  Ignoring women’s complaints and/or treating them like hypochondriacs is a worldwide practice.  After watching the film, I was inspired to write.  If anyone is interested, you can find it at www.albertakat.ca
it was cathartic, and has provided an outlet for my frustration with what feels like medical ineptitude.


  • Thank you for sharing, Jackie.  
  • I have been writing a diary ever since I got diagnosed and find it to be very therapeutic

  • More so than the writing- forcing myself to share it with my loved ones is what has been most life changing.  I’ve always been strong and independent- I also felt that meant keeping my personal challenges personal- internally dealing with everything going on in my life.  Sharing my story with others has been an eye opening experience for me.  
  • Agreed @Claudia ....I've done Art Therapy - needed that creative outlet, helped to get back to some of the "normal" part of me. It involved a bit of text and writing so that was helpful.  There are many online versions and tutorials that one can access if interested. Thank you for sharing those resources @Jackie and @AlbertaKat
  • Hi @AlbertaKat, @Jackie and @Flowergirl, I agree, great discussion. One of the positive things about being home and having more time because of cancer is that my creative juices have started flowing again after a bit of a hibernation period. Diary writing and a bit of painting has been therapeutic. But I am also now working on a piece of fiction that excites me, keeps me busy and distracts me! 
  • Hello @AlbertaKat, @Claudia @Jackie - I just found out that the Cancer Chat is offering the online Art Therapy session - I'm going to post in the Websites, Books Resources topic if you are interested.
  • Thank you - I actually just started an art therapy class at Wellspring
  • Hi @Claudia- That is good to hear... I hope you enjoy it!.
  • Nice topic  :) I use art therapy. Not intentionally: my work is related to painting and design. But it helps a lot. 
  • I wrote this about a year into my cancer journey -

    Living with cancer

    I looked for you -

    I felt you there, deep down in the depths of my being

    like a sullen malevolent toad,

    eating me alive from the inside out -

    a malignancy

    whose tentacles dug further within

    to rob my

    breath from me

    even after a long surgery

    I imagined you




    and I was ready to return

    hatred for hatred

    vileness for vileness


    I discovered the clear empty space

    like a window to eternity

    that inhabits the hollowness

    left behind

    and I knew then

    that you and I are the same

    and there is nothing but light

    that blocks my view.

  • Hi @tigerlily.  This is very moving, thought provoking and beautiful.  Thank you!  I would love to read things that others have written too, or, painted, or other kinds of art. @AlbertaKat @Jackie @Claudia @Flowergirl @CanaryBird
  • Hi @tigerlily - this is beautiful, thanks so much for sharing!

  • I painted this after my first chemo - probably the first time I have painted anything since highschool!
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