This Present Moment: An Art Therapy Journal
Author Meg Welchman was diagnosed with aggressive incurable secondary breast cancer in 2010 just after the birth of her second child. After chemotherapy and surgery, she faced another two reoccurrences and is now, thankfully, in remission. As a psychologist with a background in relationship counselling and positive psychology, Meg was interested in how people coped with adversity, and after finding her own way through such treacherous times, she was inspired to share her story. Illustrator Grace Cuell, developed an interest in drawing mandalas as a tool for mindfulness during her travels. As an Arts student with a passion for mindful living, Grace wanted to create something beyond her studies that contributed positively to the world.
Together Meg and Grace have created an art therapy journal based on fifteen important themes of life, including Love, Hope, Courage, Creativity and Resilience. “This Present Moment” is designed to give peace and focus through colouring and contemplation. With a distinctly “Brisbane” flavour, Meg charts the pivotal moments that reflect each of the themes over the last five years of living with cancer. This Present Moment is for anyone facing a difficult diagnosis, a difficult relationship or any difficult situation. It is both a “how to” for navigating a path through the darkness and a wakeup call to jump into life.