Cancer Experience: from Caterpillars to Butterflies

drjackie1/ October 18, 2012/ Life/ 2 comments

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999.  When I asked the surgeon what could have caused this, since there was no family history of breast cancer. The reply was, “Probably something in the environment”.  A lot has been discovered in the last thirteen years, especially the relationship between HRT medication and cancer.  My tumor was actually living on my daily dose of estrogen/progesterone for thirteen years!  I went “cold turkey” the day I was diagnosed and experienced menopause BIG TIME.  (Ladies, there is no escape.)

After selecting a new surgeon known for her in-depth cancer research, I had a lumpectomy, received chemotherapy and daily radiation (25 days). It was during my chemo treatment that I lost all my hair.  What a sight in the mirror!  Since I’m an artist, I can’t let any surface go without a touch of color, so my scalp was next.  I remember the day I sat opposite my oncologist, a no-nonsense ex-military doctor and removed my turban. He, who had never cracked a smile in my presence, laughed so hard he nearly fell off the chair.  He then paraded me and my butterflies around the facility. I brought a lot of smiles and laughter to everyone who saw me.  I think life is about the joy you bring to others, which always comes back to you.

I am now in my thirteenth year of recovery. As a spiritual person, I know that the Invisible rules the visible. I am so grateful to my family and friends who supported me through the cancer experience. As a calligrapher, I have created many inspirational quotes as well as paintings incorporating positive themes.  I have also created a Powerpoint about this experience. Feel free to email me for a copy.

Caterpillars to Butterflies

The Cancer Experience: from Caterpillars to Butterflies

About drjackie1

I am committed to creativity, to new images and new ideas. I find my outlets in art, calligraphy, and graphic design. Just finished forty years teaching art and how to think creatively. Now I have now completed "Understanding Preschool Art, and a Calligraphy DVD, "Learn Italic Calligraphy" . My present focus is on digital painting and inspirational writing.


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  2. Way to go, cancer free – YES!

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