At the beginning of my journey with breast cancer I was a mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend and employee. Whilst I still fulfil 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 dragon boating, belly dancing, swimming, going to my support group meetings and investing in art materials to give myself a variety of ways to express my artistic self.
Dragon boating 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 Dragon’s Abreast is the organisation I am entering 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.
The title of my artwork is The Pink Ribboned Way”.
Part of the reason I am a bubbler.