When Walls Become Doorways

Creativity and the Transforming Illness
by Tobi Zausner, PhD, LCSW

Publisher: Tobi Zausner, PhD, LCSW

Publication Date: April 27, 2016

ISBN: 1230001035605

Binding: Kobo eBook

Availability: eBook

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You are stronger than you think you are and more creative than you ever imagined. 

Yet sometimes these strengths appear during a time of a weakness – when you are sick. Although illness may feel like an impassible barrier, it can be the doorway to a new and more creative existence. When this happens, an illness becomes a transforming illness and then life’s lowest moments can bring forth your greatest potential for creativity and growth. 

This book will show you ways to access your creative abilities and turn an experience of poor health into a new and better life. A transforming illness can happen to anyone at any age, from childhood to the later years and may even occur more than once.

A transforming illness altered the lives of Leonardo da Vinci, Frida Kahlo, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Georgia O’Keeffe and many other artists. Illness shaped their work and their masterpieces changed our world. 

These individuals and the other artists in this book work with visual impairments, cancer, heart problems, deafness, quadriplegia, arthritis, kidney disease, learning disorders, neurological ailments, autism, AIDS, Down syndrome, and many other conditions. Rather than stopping the artists, these difficulties challenge them, inspiring both the artist and the art. 

Creativity is a basic human capacity extending across all racial and cultural boundaries. In their diversity and their determination, the artists in this book show that the transforming illness is fundamental to humanity. What they have done during illness – and continue to do – is possible and available for everyone.

When the author Tobi Zausner was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1989, her doctor didn’t think she would last the year, but her life transformed – the wall of illness became a door of opportunity. Using fascinating and true stories of artists and drawing upon her own experience, Dr.