I decided I was and you might be, too!
In the March/April issue of Cloth Paper Scissors, the editors issued an art making challenge called “supportive art” because it is based on: the ever supportive bra! In October, CPS will be showing support for Breast Cancer Awareness month by publishing reader’s art, based on the bra, and entered in the magazine’s challenge!
Having had a bi-lateral mastectomy in December of 2006, and being fortunate enough to have had the cancer detected early and treatable, I thought I might try to express some of the experiences and feelings in the form of art.
With one breast missing, I’ve given the piece the title of “Loss and Gain” because we may have lost a body part but we have gained a heart full of things like…..strength, bravery, courage, hugs, creativity, love and so much more!
My heart is FULL!!!
Most of us have had some experience with cancer, be it ourselves or someone we know and love, this could be your opportunity to share your feelings and support the cause of breast cancer awareness. But hurry, pictures of your challenge art work need to be submitted on-line by May 1, you can go to ClothPaperScissors web-site to learn more or pick up a March/April issue of the magazine.
I, also, encourage all of you to have an annual mammogram, if you aren’t already! That is how my cancer was discovered. I had a tumor in each breast and both were malignant and they were very small…..not detectable by self exam.
I could have had a lumpectomy and radiation but because of my age and my reluctance to having radiation….I elected to have the bi-lateral mastectomy. I’ve never regretted it and I am very appreciative of God’s granting me these extra years with my family and for his gift of creativity.