Vinay Sharma

Association: Patient
Region: California
Cancer: Hodgkins Lymphoma

"Art, and creativity in general, provides a sense of power that nothing else can compare to."

“I felt lost and afraid after getting diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I was the first person in my family that was diagnosed with cancer. The news hit my family particularly hard and seeing how much it affected them made me want to be strong. There is a lot of uncertainty when it comes to battling cancer and making art helped me not worry about the future. I have been drawing and painting since I was very young; I loved exploring all types of art, so I naturally gravitated to creativity after my diagnosis and during treatment. Painting and drawing was a great tool for me to stay in the moment and to escape the stress of dealing with this disease. Despite having cancer and dealing with arduous treatment, being able to create beautiful pieces of art provided me with a sense of freedom unlike anything else. My advice for anyone battling cancer is to create without any expectations. I feel like people are oftentimes intimidated with making art because they feel like they are not good enough or lack the experience. The truth is anyone can make art regardless of whether or not they have been trained. Art, and creativity in general, provides a sense of power that nothing else can compare to. You never know what you may discover in the process.”