Eric Crane

Age: Adult
Association: Patient
Region: Texas
Cancer: Renal Carcinoma

"There was so much that cancer could take from me but I would never let art be one of them."

When I was diagnosed with stage four cancer, I knew that mentally and physically I would never be the same again. I knew that I would have to find some way to make peace with my situation. My art became that peace. When I have a pencil or paintbrush in my hand, I have something to focus on other than the emotional and physical pain that my body endured. I could take all the emotions that I was feeling and use them to make something beautiful out of them. My trips to the local museums and parks with my sketchbook became my therapy sessions. They are my time to get away from everything and let my soul make sense of all the chaos that cancer brings. There was so much that cancer could take from me but I would never let art be one of them. Art became my way of telling cancer, “today you won’t beat me”.