January 5, 2011

(Nags Head, NC) Participants in the first workshop, “Artful Journaling,” to be held on February 5th, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at The Outer Banks Hospital’s Cancer Resource Center, will be guided to find strength and companionship through journaling. The workshop will be led by local artist Liz Corsa and writer Eve Turek.

“Even though cancer survivorship is increasing, the disease of cancer presents day-to-day emotional and physical challenges during and even after treatments,” said Betse Kelly, Coordinator of The Outer Banks Hospital’s Cancer Resource Center. “This series, funded by a generous grant from the Dominion Foundation, will allow us to combine both written and visual techniques, to explore feelings, thoughts and impressions which are associated with the disease of cancer.”

A second series, “Beading Cancer,” is scheduled for March 5th, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All materials for the workshops are provided free to participants. Seating for both workshops is limited so advance registration is necessary by calling 449-7350.

Corsa, a breast cancer survivor, is known for her whimsical portrayal of fauna and flora. She keeps a sketch diary/journal filled with a record of life’s events. Turek makes times for journaling in between the daily demands of owning and operating The Yellowhouse Gallery. “I believe the benefits of keeping a journal spill out into everyday life,” said Turek. “Keeping a journal filled with your own ideas, mementos, sketches, narratives or other things can help you cope, understand or survive cancer.”

The Outer Banks Hospital’s Cancer Resource Center is dedicated to helping patients with cancer better understand their diagnosis and treatment and cope with the disease. Created with funds generated by The Outer Banks Hospital Development Council, the center offers a variety of services to help people dealing with cancer. The Center is located on the second floor of the Medical Office Building adjacent to The Outer Banks Hospital and is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and by appointment. For more information about these services or to register to attend Art for Healing, please call 252-449-7350.