Creative healing: how creative pursuits can help ease symptoms of MS
Stories from MS Australia show the power of the Creative Arts to improve health and wellbeing
Last updated: 21st April 2017
From interpretive dance to documentary filmmaking, engaging in the Creative Arts can have a powerful and positive impact on health and wellbeing.
Our colleagues at MS Australia have shared stories from several people affected by MS who use creativity to manage their pain, improve their state of mind, and build their self-esteem.
Acclaimed ballet dancer Michelle Ryan used her passion to overcome personal adversity after her diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis. She created a dance piece, “Intimacy”, which explored the effect MS has had on her body.
At 18, Jesse Frick was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Relapsing Remitting MS. Despite limited mobility, eyesight, and only being able to sing and play instruments for short periods, Jesse has inspired many people affected by MS by releasing an EP of his music and becoming a National Advocate for MS Australia.
Meanwhile, Amber Gwynn’s diagnosis with MS hasn’t stopped her from launching a fashion label, pursuing a modelling career, and enjoying painting as a therapeutic activity – all on top of her day job as a nurse. Amber remembers her diagnosis as a “wake-up call” to chase her dreams.
“Life is short and unpredictable”, she notes. “I’m a strong advocate for living well with a disability”.
Read more about their stories and hear from other inspirational people affected by MS.