Meet The Cancer Experts: Christina Lee


  Meet Christina Lee. In her own words:

My name is Christina Lee and I’m the art therapy intern working out of the Department of Supportive Care.

Art therapy uses the visual arts and the creative process within a therapeutic relationship to improve mental emotional and physical well-being of patients.

I make pom-poms with patients and families. I had a little five-year-old girl teach me how to make them.

A lot of patients that I work with tell me that there's just no words, and words are not enough and there's a lot of aspects of the cancer journey that are really difficult to talk about. And through artwork, and through painting or drawing or collage, it allows patients to have a voice and express the things that are really impossible to say in words.

No matter what kind of day I’m having, it just doesn't compare to the days that the patients are going through on an everyday basis and it's really motivating and inspiring to see the incredible strength and the resilience that I see in patients and families every time I'm here. 

The art cart used for art therapy was generously donated by artist, Caroline Macfarlane, in honour of John Plank.