Illness and Healing, Images of Cancer

Robert Pope

Robert Pope (1956-1992) was a dedicated Nova Scotia artist who died of Hodgkin’s Disease, cancer of the lymphatic system, at the age of 36 after a ten year battle with the illness.  He is best known for a significant body of work exploring his experience of healthcare and healing as a cancer patient.  Robert’s book Illness and Healing, Images of Cancer provides a detailed narrative account and visual depiction of what it is like to become ill, undergo cancer treatment, adopt healthy living practices and embrace a positive outlook, even when the odds are against you.  While Robert takes one on a journey into the heart of suffering, he delivers a life affirming story that touches the soul. As Elisabeth Kübler-Ross noted, Robert’s perspectives on illness, healing and celebrating life while confronting one’s mortality were “fabulous.”


Resource/Research Type:
Resource Type: Book
Document Details:
Author: Robert Pope
ISBN: 088999-625-3
Publisher Details:
Publisher: Robert Pope Foundation
Publisher City: Hantsport, Nova Scotia
Publisher Year: 1991
Audio/Video Details:
Area: Nova Scotia
Medical Conditions: Cancer
Medical Specialties: Cancer Therapy
Art Form / Modality: Painting, Literary