Earlier this month, Andrew Crummy, a survivor of cancer, Rod Mountain, ENT Surgeon and Ioanna Nixon, Consultant Clinical Oncologist met in the Scottish Parliament with the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Jeane Freeman.
Ms Freeman kindly put the first stitch in the first Cancer Tapestry, a new project initiated by Andrew to tell a story that affects all of us in one way or another.
Andrew, who led the artwork and creativity behind the wonderful 'Great Tapestry of Scotland' project, along with Ioanna Nixon, Consultant Clinical Oncologist and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, NHS Glasgow and Clyde, and Mr Rod Mountain ENT surgeon, NHS Tayside are helping tell his personal cancer journey through tapestry.
Cancer tapestry aims to Stitch the physical, emotional, social and cultural cancer story on a global scale, starting right here in Scotland.
The Cancer Tapestry project aims to produce a tapestry to show a thousand voices who have survived cancer and show the progress that has been made in cancer diagnosis and treatment.
The tapestry will show the science of cancer treatment and will also describe the human nature of care and the care provided by family, friends and communities.
Ioanna Nixon who is based at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre said: “Cancer is affecting and will affect many of us one way or another. The aim is to create a tapestry telling the cancer story of least a thousand people, stitch by stitch.
“The tapestry will become an educational tool that can tour not only galleries, but hospitals and community centres and we hope that it will ultimately become a global activity carried out in countries around the world.”
The initial aim is to produce 40 panels that are either 1 metre square or 1 metre high by 0.5 metre wide. Each panel will contain between 20 - 30 boxes for contributions. That will create space for at least 1000 contributors.
For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]
Pic: Jeane Freeman, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport sews the first thread