‘Art therapy keeps you going and makes you feel better’

Lynne (right) holds up her wall hanging with help from Catherine and volunteer, Jane

Lynne Bould from Fairfield started to attend Blythe House’s Living Well service in February 2019, after her breast cancer diagnosis. She has found solace in the service’s writing group, and more recently the art therapy, creating intricate wall hangings which she hopes to display at home.

Lynne explained: ‘Last year, I went for a usual mammogram and was called back to the hospital to discuss my results. I was going on holiday to Amsterdam at the time, so I said “I’m still going away!” and I didn’t worry about the results whilst I was there. When I came home, I went for the appointment and I just kind of knew something was wrong. As a nurse and healthcare assistant in the local community, I am clued up on this kind of thing, so I knew they were going to tell me bad news, and I was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2018.

‘When I first started to come along to Blythe House, I attended the writing group with Julian; it was brilliant and gave me a way to express myself and the way I felt. After the 12-week course, I was interested to start something new and I just came along to the art area at the hospice. I had always liked art at school but life just got in the way, as it does; having two daughters, two grandchildren and looking after my mum and dad, as well as working as a carer; I never had time to enjoy artwork.

‘I started off painting and doing a bit of sewing, and then Catherine [Serjeant, Art Co-ordinator] said that we were going to do some silk painting with a printing plate, and I started work on my wall hanging. I love the tropical look so I created a bit of a jungle theme using buttons, jewels and other bits. I love having a good root through all the items; I am like a magpie and love bright colours!

‘I’ve now done three wall hangings since I started coming to Blythe House and I’m just starting on a fourth. I also work on them at home; if my husband is watching something boring on television, I’ll head off to sit at the dining table and work on my wall hanging. The art therapy keeps you going and makes you feel better.’

Find out more about our Living Well service at Blythe House.