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  • Sand Mandala-Making at North Lido Beach
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    The Magic of Mandalas
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    In recent years, the popularity of adult coloring books has skyrocketed. Walk into most bookstores and you’ll find a rack of them, including perhaps the recently published Garden Life and Animal Life by Tim Phelps, professor and medical illustrator...
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    DanceAcrossAmerica
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    Several years ago now, Dance Therapist Sharon Mulcahy, R-DMT was featured on Rhee Gold’s DanceLifeTV. Watch her beautiful session at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. https://youtu.be/0ke1haDSrg0
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  • Donna Papenhausen - Expressive Arts
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    Donna Papenhausen - Expressive Arts
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    Donna Papenhausen. I was excited to see one of our AFHS-M Professional Members pictured next to her paintings. Then, I became more excited thrilled when I realized the photo was of Donna at her art opening. I recall the...
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    Recognizing Art as Therapy for Cancer
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    Article from: http://www.curetoday.com/ Complementary therapies can make a difference in the cancer journey, and now we have to get oncologists to accept them It has long been recognized that a number of complementary therapies, such as yoga, acupuncture, exercise and other...
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    The Light at the End of the Journey
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    The Light at the End of the Journey By William Hamilton, JD, PhD, and Penny R. Hamilton, PhD (aka William Penn) The white frame represents the time when we, as a married couple, were innocent of the disease, and what was...
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    Health Outcomes Through Use of the Arts
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    Can Cancer Be a Laughing Matter?
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    Humor can be a valuable healing strategy for patients with cancer and their doctors. Many people consider caring for patients with cancer to be serious and sad work. However, I have experienced great joy, pride and satisfaction over the past...
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    Art Has Been My Anchor
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    ART THERAPY - FEBRUARY 17, 2017 By Amy Oestreicher Westport, CT As a survivor and “thriver” of 27 surgeries, organ failure, a coma, and a decade of medical trauma, my mission is to share a message of strength, faith, hope, and compassion...
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    Dance/Movement Therapy: A Unique and Enjoyable Approach to Support...
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    by Tiffany Garbutt, PhD March 16, 2017 Typically, childhood is filled with laughter, dance, play, and unfiltered blissful movement. But children who suffer from cancer and childhood diseases have a different experience, one that is filled with hospitals, tests, pain, and restricted...
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    Theatre Performance Promotes Positive Health Outcomes
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    by Lisa Richardson in collaboration with Hedda Matza-Haughton The Pink Hulk Valerie David, writer and performer of her autobiographical one-woman show “The Pink Hulk: One Woman’s Journey to Find the Superhero Within,” gave an abridged performance of her play at Jewish...
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    Experience Dance for Parkinson
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    Dance and Movement to Enhance Health Outcomes with Leymis Bolaños Wilmott – by Lisa Richardson in collaboration with Hedda Matza-Haughton Arts for Health Sarasota-Manatee (AFHS-M) co-chairs, Hedda Matza- Haughton, LCSW, and Lisa Richardson, LMHC, were very pleased to showcase on...
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    Performer shares cancer journey, hope at JFCS
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    SaraSolo Festival participant Valerie David shared her cancer journey during a special performance at Jewish Family and Children’s Service. by: Anna Brugmann Staff Writer When Valerie David was found to have lymphoma, she was scared. When she was found to have breast cancer...
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