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Art Therapy

Healing Together, One Stitch at a Time

A knitting and crochet circle at the Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte, NC, provides a creative and therapeutic outlet for patients, caregivers, and staff.
August 2017 Vol 3 No 4
Deborah Bennett
Artist-in-Residence, and the Knitting and Crochet Circle
Susan Yaguda, RN, MSN
Integrative Oncology Coordinator, Atrium Health, Levine Cancer Institute,
Charlotte, NC

The Levine Cancer Institute provides a creative space for patients spending quality time healing together. The Knitting and Crochet Circle includes Jean Keenan, Debra Downer, Rosie Eichenlaud, Diane Mason, Renate Huebner, Charlene Marcussen, Kathy Mantey, Brandi Downer, Brittany Pagan, Maggie Barnett, Marsha Ring, and Kristen Bowman, led by Deborah Bennett (Artist-in-Residence)

The Levine Cancer Institute Knitting and Crochet Circle took on this art project with gusto. Everyone pitched in to create a fun, colorful, and whimsical slant to these 2 ordinary chairs, representing the community and spending quality, healing time together.

Knitting and crochet provided a creative outlet for our patients, caregivers, and staff; in addition, the repetitive, meditative movements of knitting and crochet help with stress management, provide a great diversion from the daily rigors of cancer treatment, and may even help to reduce the impact of certain chemotherapy side effects, such as neuropathy and “chemo brain.”

Best of all are the friendships formed through the Knitting and Crochet Circle. Our weekly meetings fill the atrium with conversation and laughter, and what is more healing than that?

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