The CHIPSA Project

This time last year I got on a plane with my brother in law and flew to Mexico to begin his cancer treatment at CHIPSA Hospital. Little did I know it was going to be the beginning of an adventure of a life time. I was so moved and inspired by my time there with him.  Over this past year I have been going back transforming the hospital into a healing environment through my art and design.  Working with the patients on their healing journey. My roll at the hospital has grown over the past year and every time I went back my involvement and love for this place has grown deeper and deeper.

Now here I find myself a year later flying back and forth between Mexico and the Berkshires where I reside as an artist and designer. And on staff at the hospital and part of the amazing team of visionaries making this all possible. I am able to utilize all my life passions to help in the healing process. Teaching art therapy, yoga, and mediation to the patients and their companions as well as the kids from a local orphanage near the hospital. Art is a powerful form of nonverbal communication. A way to express what is sometimes to painful or hard to express a way of getting things out.  A way to connect with a source greater than ourselves. It’s not about the product but the process a way we can all come together and co create even though we may not speak the same languages.

This year has been filled with so many blessings and unexpected gifts.  The biggest blessing of all is that my brother in law has gone from having the worst stage of that cancer (multiple myloma) to a pre stage and is declared inactive and is well on the road to recovery.

His success with this protocol which is a total commitment to healing as a whole. Mind, body and spirit. Which is how we heal at CHIPSA may this be inspiration for those to fallow this path. I am honored to be a part of so many healing journey.
I never thought this is what I would have been doing this year…but now that I am I can’t imagine doing anything else.