"My art reflects my journey through breast cancer. I started painting Oct.2013 as a way to cope with my intense journey. I chose the female torso from the loss of both my breasts. An easy decision to endure (suffer something painful) and the will to endure (remain in existence). I survived."
"I am a two-time breast Cancer Survivor. I was diagnosed in Nov 23rd. 2011. Through my journey, I lost the ability to use my hands. Neuropathy, which paralyzes the nerves, hit my hands and feet pretty hard. I needed to figure out what to do to exercise my hands. That’s when painting came to mind. I had never painted before, and on Oct 13th, 2013 I picked up a paintbrush and discovered I could paint and was very good at it. I chose the female upper torso, (as I had never realized how beautiful it is) to paint through my journey and survival through breast cancer. I think I feel a comfort in losing my breasts. Within two weeks of painting (first part of November 2011), my first three torsos were on exhibit at the Oceanside CA Museum of Art. It has been an upwards spiral since. I gained most of the use of my hands and painting is now part of my life I tell my story through art. I have since recovered as of Jan 23rd, 2014."
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