Art making took a back seat to the path I was prescribed. My body and thoughts of my future were all I could manage to think about. Surgery for a lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy were to prove that I was very, very lucky. The words "no invasive cells" were an incredible gift. I had "passed go" and could proceed to radiation treatments.
I have now completed 30 visits to radiation therapy and am left to heal, in body and spirit. The whole experience has been traumatic. But I am so grateful for the doctors, nurses, and technicians at Spartanburg Regional Hospital who, without exception, treated me as an individual they cared about. I feel humbled and honored by the incredibly kind support given so freely by my husband, my daughters and some very special friends.
I expect that I will make paintings that help me process my experience, but right now, feeling great joy at being finished with my treatments, all I want to do is create paintings that are filled with the light and joy I have in my heart.
Celebration flowers and ringing the "I am finished" bell all made me cry. What comes now is a daily appreciation for my life.
|Ringing the bell!|