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Art TherapyMultiple Myeloma

Cancer Concerns Drift Away While I Focus on My Painting

While painting this beautifully realistic rendition of a Clam Shack in Cape Cod, Eddie Sutherland was able to step back, focus on his art, and forget his cancer concerns for a while.
December 2021 Vol 7 No 6
Eddie Sutherland
Austin, Texas
Clam Shack in Falmouth, Massachusetts.

This painting represents the Clam Shack in Falmouth, Massachusetts. The photo I used as reference for this painting was taken by my friend Cheryl Perkins, who lives in Cape Cod. I have been there, and this painting captures the feeling of Cape Cod, with the building up on pier and beam over the bay water. The building is built in the style of old houses on the cape, with wood siding and shingles. As I painted it, all my cancer concerns drifted away, while I attempted to capture the scene as realistically as possible.

I have described my multiple myeloma diagnosis with my previous painting published in CONQUER magazine in December 2018. My multiple myeloma has now been in remission for about a year, and I continue to receive maintenance treatment with Darzalex (daratumumab) infusion every 4 weeks. Because I continue to do well and don’t have any symptoms, I have time to devote to my artwork, which is great.

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