Art for Healing

Posted by Harriet Hodgson @harriethodgson1, Oct 26, 2018

Kudos to the Montreal Museum of Fine Art for allowing physicians to write prescriptions for free admission to the museum. And kudos to Mayo Clinic for its art program. From the beginning, Mayo Clinic believed that art can uplift patients and foster healing. Whether it’s Rochester, Jacksonville or Scottsdale, Mayo Clinic displays a wide range of artwork for patients. The Rochester site published a brochure for a self-guided tour of artwork. I live in Rochester and every time I’m at Mayo, I take the time to look at the artwork.

I love crafting, but unable to do now due to severe neck, shoulder and low back pain.

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@candrgonzalez

I love crafting, but unable to do now due to severe neck, shoulder and low back pain.

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@candrgonzalez Can totally empathize with the spine pain. I love drawing and painting and can only do so for short periods of time on a good day. Hoping to get scheduled for a rhizotomy in the near future for my neck pain.

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Here's another story about my story and recovery of my painting ability with a little help from a gifted surgeon. Country Magazine told my story in a feature article they named "Victorious". I have to say I love that title! I used the healing power of art to get myself through spine surgery and reclaim my ability to create my art work.

I made a little video to show the magazine spread and a closer look at my paintings they featured. The painting of the Native Americans herding horses in a river is the painting I took with me to Mayo when I went for my spine consult. I hung it on the wall so I could look at it during some painful nerve tests, and it gave me a familiar place for my mind to escape instead of focusing on the pain from those tests. When I met Dr. Fogelson the first time, I brought that painting with me to show him what I needed to be able to do again. I had been turned down by so many other surgeons who didn't understand how important it was for me to regain my art talent that I had worked so hard to achieve, and the injury was taking my ability to hold my arms up and control their movement.

Dr. Fogelson loved this painting and that is how we began our doctor/patient relationship, and I brought new paintings to follow up appointments which he enjoyed seeing. The most important painting of my life was the first one after my recovery; the portrait I did for him as a gift in gratitude for restoring my artistic gift, and I brought it to my one year post op follow up. He actually received it a year later after I was able to replace the special hand made frame that had been damaged in shipping and that photo is in my Sharing Mayo Clinic Story.

Here is the online content of the Country magazine article
https://jwcdaily.com/countrymag/2019/10/03/victorious/
This is my Mayo Clinic Patient Story
https://sharing.mayoclinic.org/2019/01/09/using-the-art-of-medicine-to-overcome-fear-of-surgery/

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@jenniferhunter

Here's another story about my story and recovery of my painting ability with a little help from a gifted surgeon. Country Magazine told my story in a feature article they named "Victorious". I have to say I love that title! I used the healing power of art to get myself through spine surgery and reclaim my ability to create my art work.

I made a little video to show the magazine spread and a closer look at my paintings they featured. The painting of the Native Americans herding horses in a river is the painting I took with me to Mayo when I went for my spine consult. I hung it on the wall so I could look at it during some painful nerve tests, and it gave me a familiar place for my mind to escape instead of focusing on the pain from those tests. When I met Dr. Fogelson the first time, I brought that painting with me to show him what I needed to be able to do again. I had been turned down by so many other surgeons who didn't understand how important it was for me to regain my art talent that I had worked so hard to achieve, and the injury was taking my ability to hold my arms up and control their movement.

Dr. Fogelson loved this painting and that is how we began our doctor/patient relationship, and I brought new paintings to follow up appointments which he enjoyed seeing. The most important painting of my life was the first one after my recovery; the portrait I did for him as a gift in gratitude for restoring my artistic gift, and I brought it to my one year post op follow up. He actually received it a year later after I was able to replace the special hand made frame that had been damaged in shipping and that photo is in my Sharing Mayo Clinic Story.

Here is the online content of the Country magazine article
https://jwcdaily.com/countrymag/2019/10/03/victorious/
This is my Mayo Clinic Patient Story
https://sharing.mayoclinic.org/2019/01/09/using-the-art-of-medicine-to-overcome-fear-of-surgery/

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@jenniferhunter Beautiful painting You are a very gifted women .

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@lioness

@jenniferhunter Beautiful painting You are a very gifted women .

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@lioness Thank you.

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@parus

@harriethodgson1 How exciting! Art therapy (my own) is what helps me. @gailb is taking an oil painting class and has not painted in years. There are places offering art instruction and learning tutorials online that are free. If nothing else they are fun to watch. One does not need a lot of supplies as a box of crayons is a start. Try YouTubing thus. Thank you for sharing about this.

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This is Kathi Fodor.
I am on Mayo’s support because we lost our daughter in early June. Please read my story so you can understand our pain. Thats my daughter and I in a very recent photo above.
In July I started painting, something Ive always loved to do. Ive been painting every day and it, to me is good therapy. Though I know friends and family nearby is much better for me ( us) but because I dont have family close by, it is quite difficult. Painting helps and I know Kirstin, my daughter is happy I am doing it.
Both my husband, Barry and I are both grieving, both of us are in pain. So hard! Some days are barely Ok; other days its so hard! Devastating loss.
In the beginning ( June).. people wrote me and it was helpful
sharing our pain. I havent heard from anyone in three months and its hard! Lonely!
We had company last week and it was quite nice…took our minds away from our horrible loss.
Painting does help but someone to talk with is very nice!

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@ihtak46

This is Kathi Fodor.
I am on Mayo’s support because we lost our daughter in early June. Please read my story so you can understand our pain. Thats my daughter and I in a very recent photo above.
In July I started painting, something Ive always loved to do. Ive been painting every day and it, to me is good therapy. Though I know friends and family nearby is much better for me ( us) but because I dont have family close by, it is quite difficult. Painting helps and I know Kirstin, my daughter is happy I am doing it.
Both my husband, Barry and I are both grieving, both of us are in pain. So hard! Some days are barely Ok; other days its so hard! Devastating loss.
In the beginning ( June).. people wrote me and it was helpful
sharing our pain. I havent heard from anyone in three months and its hard! Lonely!
We had company last week and it was quite nice…took our minds away from our horrible loss.
Painting does help but someone to talk with is very nice!

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@ihtak46 Kathi, it’s good to hear from you. You talking about your painting might just be what I need to try to get back to my art quilting. 😐 Can you show us some of your art? Was your daughter also an artist? Tell us more about her, please. (I only have sons, so I love to hear about daughters!)

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@ihtak46

This is Kathi Fodor.
I am on Mayo’s support because we lost our daughter in early June. Please read my story so you can understand our pain. Thats my daughter and I in a very recent photo above.
In July I started painting, something Ive always loved to do. Ive been painting every day and it, to me is good therapy. Though I know friends and family nearby is much better for me ( us) but because I dont have family close by, it is quite difficult. Painting helps and I know Kirstin, my daughter is happy I am doing it.
Both my husband, Barry and I are both grieving, both of us are in pain. So hard! Some days are barely Ok; other days its so hard! Devastating loss.
In the beginning ( June).. people wrote me and it was helpful
sharing our pain. I havent heard from anyone in three months and its hard! Lonely!
We had company last week and it was quite nice…took our minds away from our horrible loss.
Painting does help but someone to talk with is very nice!

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@ihtak46 Kathi, it sounds, and looks in the photo, as if you and your daughter had a great relationship. I cannot imagine the pain you feel. I am so very sorry.
That's great that painting helps, it would be even better to get together with people more frequently. I went through a bad period at one point and I found that throwing myself into my job helped enormously. It wasn't just the work, it was being there with people and the typical office chat that we all engage in. If you are not working, have you thought about going back to work at all? I went back to work after my daughter started college — I had been retired for 20 years — and I really found work to be a great outlet. My jobs were not career jobs like I had before starting a family, but the human contact that they involved was good for me.
JK

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@candrgonzalez

I love crafting, but unable to do now due to severe neck, shoulder and low back pain.

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You might want to try one of those yoga ball chairs. Stand up and paint and then sit back for about 30 minutes and look at the painting.

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Here's one of mine I like to do large paintings. It puts me in a meditation.

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@ihtak46

This is Kathi Fodor.
I am on Mayo’s support because we lost our daughter in early June. Please read my story so you can understand our pain. Thats my daughter and I in a very recent photo above.
In July I started painting, something Ive always loved to do. Ive been painting every day and it, to me is good therapy. Though I know friends and family nearby is much better for me ( us) but because I dont have family close by, it is quite difficult. Painting helps and I know Kirstin, my daughter is happy I am doing it.
Both my husband, Barry and I are both grieving, both of us are in pain. So hard! Some days are barely Ok; other days its so hard! Devastating loss.
In the beginning ( June).. people wrote me and it was helpful
sharing our pain. I havent heard from anyone in three months and its hard! Lonely!
We had company last week and it was quite nice…took our minds away from our horrible loss.
Painting does help but someone to talk with is very nice!

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This is one of my large paintings. I give my inspiration for my husband who is a musician. He's a hundred percent disabled veteran so he plays all the time so that means I paint all the time. He's my inspiration. I wish y'all ladies lived closer to Houston I wouldn't mind painting with y'all.

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@ihtak46

This is Kathi Fodor.
I am on Mayo’s support because we lost our daughter in early June. Please read my story so you can understand our pain. Thats my daughter and I in a very recent photo above.
In July I started painting, something Ive always loved to do. Ive been painting every day and it, to me is good therapy. Though I know friends and family nearby is much better for me ( us) but because I dont have family close by, it is quite difficult. Painting helps and I know Kirstin, my daughter is happy I am doing it.
Both my husband, Barry and I are both grieving, both of us are in pain. So hard! Some days are barely Ok; other days its so hard! Devastating loss.
In the beginning ( June).. people wrote me and it was helpful
sharing our pain. I havent heard from anyone in three months and its hard! Lonely!
We had company last week and it was quite nice…took our minds away from our horrible loss.
Painting does help but someone to talk with is very nice!

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I am so sorry to mention your daughter in that picture I didn't read the whole message until a second ago. I couldn't imagine losing my daughter. She's such a good 13 year old kid. But I bet you would like to hear but she is also an awesome artist maybe even surpassing me and I went to college I have associate's degree in graphic design and architecture. She's doing graphics design at 13 and I didn't learn that stuff until college. She has won many many awards and so if I in the past. We also love doing art together. And I bet art made y'all close also. I really do wish I could meet you and you can meet my daughter and I and we can paint together. Sometimes people like us need other people like you and vice versa. I'm not grieving but I'm very depressed because my husband has PTSD really bad and my daughter and I both have to deal on a daily basis with chaos. Please message me back when you get a chance. I'm still getting used to this app or website. Also I would like to see a painting or two of years

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@veteranspouseinpain

Here's one of mine I like to do large paintings. It puts me in a meditation.

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@veteranspouseinpain I LOVE it! Looks like the quilts I aspire to when my brain gets back in gear

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