Pink Ribbons & Beads and the Art of Breast Cancer Treatment KazM by KazM

Pink Ribbons & Beads and the Art of Breast Cancer Treatment KazM by 

This is a version of my entry into the 2007 Lilly Oncology on Canvas: Expressions of a Woman’s Cancer Journey Competition.

It shows some of the art I created during 6 months of hospital treatment for breast cancer, all done in Visual Diaries (110gsm cartridge). It was photographed with a Sony Cybershot 4.1 (with flash on auto settings). It took a lot of fiddling to get the work undistorted and to show up the difference of the two pink ribbons.
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I celebrated 7 years survivorship by having some reconstructive surgery so my breasts are a pair again. Yeah.

Fab to be Featured in The X Factor Group July 2011.

So pleased to have this work featured in Imagewriting. What an honour.


Honoured to have my work featured in The Compact Group

Fab to be Featured in Pink Panther Magazine.
So great to be honoured for espousing a cause so dear to my heart. Huge Huggy Thanks.

Thanks to the Art & Disease Group for featuring this work. Your kind attention is much appreciated.

Thanks to the Collective Collage Group for selecting this pic as a featured work (May 2009).

Thanks to the Woman Photographer Group for selecting this pic in the top Ten of the What Would You Fight For Challenge. (May 2009)

Inspirational music:


At the beginning of my journey with breast cancer I was a mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend and employee. Whilst I still fulfill all those roles, the journey has taught me self care and not to put things off. So now I am beginning to think of myself as an artist as well. I had always thought that my artistic side would have to wait until I retired. Cancer taught me to do it now!

The drawings included in my artwork (Pink Ribbons & Beads and the Art of Breast Cancer Treatment) are examples from the sketch books completed during my journey from finding the lump to diagnosis, treatment and ending with a holiday that I regarded as the end of my being “ill”. Photos of my artwork are backgrounded with pink ribbons (symbols of the fight against breast cancer). There are two lots of ribbon, one representing me and the other the support that surrounds me. The beads show that even in pairs, breasts are different, even before breast cancer and definitely afterwards. Some of the drawings directly relate to breast cancer but most are just expressions of my feelings at the time. The wide variety of types and styles of drawings shows the range of emotions experienced during my journey.

Now I am busy dragonboating, pilates, swimming, aquarobics, going to my support group meetings and investing in art materials to give myself a variety of ways to express my artistic self.

Dragonboating and the breast cancer support network have helped me develop to the point where I am taking up opportunities I would have avoided or put off in the past. Newcastle Dragonsabreast is the organisation I entered on behalf of.

To finish this submission I would like to agree with the comment by the author Robin McKinley that ‘… your own life streams through you onto the page …’. My drawings reflect the moods of my life through my pen, including my hopes, fears and dreams.
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I am life time doodler, who has decided that it is time to see if anyone else likes my art. Here’s hoping!

I have had a go at writing, drawing, painting, graphic design, photography and digital creation & manipulation. Hope you enjoy my work. All encouragement appreciated.

I love helping RB newbies and sharing the hosting of a few groups.

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  • Lee Grissett
    Lee Grissettabout 7 years ago

    Very Nice arragement and patterns.

  • Many thanks

    – KazM

  • mieclarke
    mieclarkealmost 7 years ago

    Very nice work!

  • Thank you for your comments

    – KazM

  • Lozzle
    Lozzlealmost 7 years ago

    great work, very well done – and for a good cause too

  • Thank you for your comments

    – KazM

  • RMonroe
    RMonroealmost 7 years ago

    Very nice piece. Our office building just recently showcased their support by decorating our cafeteria for the Susan Komen Breast Cancer awareness called “Paint the Town Pink” This piece would have made a lovely addition:)

  • I can make it avalable for events like that, maybe bmail me before next years event

    – KazM

  • RMonroe
    RMonroealmost 7 years ago

    Will do. We participate in this event every year in April.

  • okay, look forward to hearing from you.

    – KazM

  • lareejc
    lareejcalmost 7 years ago

    oh – this is so wonderful! great work! wonderful colors!

  • It was an honour to be asked to represent the women from Newcastle/Hunter Dragonsabreast

    – KazM

  • TeriLee
    TeriLeeover 6 years ago

    Great Job You Made The TOP TEN!!! :)

    Click on the banner and check out the Winnerz Forum!

  • What a lovely positive way to start the day. Many thanks and much appreciation

    – KazM

  • Sally Omar
    Sally Omarabout 6 years ago

    Fantastic artwork for a good cause!!!!!!!! xoxoxoxoxo

  • Sally thanks for your lovely comment.
    It is a cause close to my heart
    I have just attended CNY Dragonboating with the Dragonsabreast ladies
    and will load some of the pics taken then

    – KazM

  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezalmost 6 years ago

    i am so happy to have met you .. you sound like such a warm person whom really cares about others and loves to share.. you make people feel comfortable .. in such a difficult circumstance.. and you have a lovely outlook on life.. what a beautiful survivor, and strength message here of healing and your journey.. truly inspiring.. and a work of art all in one..

    much hugz sista!!!!!!!

  • Really appreciate your lovely encouraging words.
    Just hope that at least one person gets treatment early enough to be helped due to my passion.
    RB has been a lovely encouraging community
    thanks to people like you.

    – KazM

  • MoonSpiral
    MoonSpiralalmost 6 years ago

    Wow Kaz, congratulations on beating it and for helping others!!!! Beautiful image!!!

  • Thanks for the congrats and the encouragement.
    I just hope my work reminds women to keep a check on themselves and to not hesitate to get checked

    – KazM

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