The Cancer Chronicles
Big C = Creativity
Eighteen months ago my husband, Ken (who became my most willing model), was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. We pledged to be conscious and awake throughout this journey together and have been creating photographic images of feelings, ideas, sadness, humor, and outright fun along the way.
We have found that being creative and making images has both eased and informed the journey. Getting spontaneous ideas, planning the images together, and then making the pictures themselves elevated the feelings and gave a place to look at them from a distance. The energy generated in creative art-making is life-affirming and helped give meaning to this experience. We hope that others who are facing cancer can see in our images messages that relate to their experiences. Maybe they will be stimulated to make their own images, talk about their experiences more openly, and maybe even have moments of grace beyond the bodily bother of symptoms.