Amid the coronavirus pandemic, many cancer survivors tell us they are taking advantage of their time at home by exploring new hobbies and breaking out of their comfort zone. Well, actor Val Kilmer is no different, because the 80’s heartthrob announced to fans that he’s sharing his art with the world during these scary times.
Known for his iconic roles as Iceman in Top Gun and Batman in Batman Forever, Kilmer, 60, had to take a break from acting after his throat cancer diagnosis in 2015. He underwent a tracheostomy, which is a surgery that connects the windpipe to a hole in the front of the neck, for treatment. However, during recovery, Kilmer decided to explore other creative outlets such as writing and painting.Read More
Releasing a memoir isn’t the only way Kilmer is breaking out of his comfort zone. On Instagram, he announced that he’s sharing his art projects with the public, which range from tote bags to coffee mugs with the world for fans to enjoy. For Kilmer fans, this is quite an exciting opportunity, seeing as many of the pieces are a nod to his previous acting roles.
“I’d like to let you in, in hopes you find something that helps you feel joy and comfort,” Kilmer wrote.
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It's been so fun catching a glimpse at some of the gifts I recently released on my website, out in the wild. There's been so much in development and while I wanted to save some of these surprises for a future date, I'd like to let you in, in hopes you find something that helps you feel joy and comfort. In addition to some new art, I've designed treats of all types, including simple pleasures like coffee or tea mugs, pillows, even these tote bags, to brighten your rooms and lift your spirit. If you do choose to pick something up, please keep sending me those photos! I'd love to share them. Maybe I should hold some kind of photo contest? Do some window shopping! www.valkilmer.com
Cancer Patients Embracing Art During Treatment
Embracing art during cancer treatment is a common theme among many patients. Three-time cancer survivor, Marianne Cuozzo, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 1994 at age 28 and experienced a reoccurrence in 1997. In 2014, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy for treatment. While battling cancer for nearly a decade, Cuozzo told SurvivorNet that she was able to cope during treatment by embracing her creative side.
“I’d go in the studio, and I had these huge pieces of charcoal,” Cuozzo tells SurvivorNet. “And I would do these really angry charcoal drawings, and I’d roll them up and stuff them under the couch. No one was meant to see them because it was just for me and, my cathartic getting out my anger…My artwork is very reflective of my cancer journey.”
Painting and drawing aren’t the only artistic outlets cancer patients explore. Take liver and pancreatic cancer survivor Joel Naftelberg as an example. Naftelberg had been a musician prior to his diagnosis, but instead of taking a break from his passion, Naftelberg decided to continue practicing during treatment.
“I have found music and rock and roll to be transformational,” Naftelberg tells SurvivorNet. “Doesn’t necessarily solve anything, but it does let us dance on our problems for at least an hour or two.”