Cared For: The hospital’s of Fairfield County — PART III — An artist helps the medicine goes down
Lasers produce lines on the side of a patient’s face as his head is held in place by an immobilization device, the purpose is for aligning exactly the needed area for a scan. PHOTO BY ALEX VON KLEYDORFF
STAMFORD — As she held her paintbrush, Benny Zolluccio looked at the landscape she created in front of her and didn’t like what she saw.
“Why did I do that? I don’t like that at all,” muttered Zolluccio as she pondered how to correct her work.
Zolluccio can now call herself an artist instead of referring to herself as a cancer victim. She’s a member of the Expression Through Art class offered by Stamford Hospital which encourages people who are cancer-stricken to turn their attention to art and creativity instead of dwelling on their disease.
Cancer is one of the most dreaded words in the English language. But there is hope, said Frank Masino, MD, and at the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Cancer Center at Stamford Hospital and he said every patient is receiving treatment not available even two decades ago.