On 01.02.02, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Too late for surgery, I had chemotherapy, which failed. In May the chemotherapy was changed and I was soon in remission which was celebrated and welcome and lasted nine years - until October 2011. There was progression in 2011 so more treatment was indicated and I am now back in partial remission. But I'm not only a cancer patient - I also enjoy my family, walk my dogs and am learning to draw and paint. Life is good!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Draw for your life

When Marisa Acocella Marchetto was diagnosed with breast cancer she didn't just talk about it, she cartooned it! As a cartoonist for The New Yorker she drew the whole, entire and dastardly experience of being diagnosed and being treated. There is an increasing number of cartoon novels being published these days but this is one of the few memoirs that I've seen in cartoon book form. I would encourage anyone to read it who has cancer or is living with someone going through this experience.

On another note (forgive the pun), I completed the Everyday Matters challenge # 123, Draw a bell. I've never worked with symmetry before and didn't realize how difficult it is to form equal sides. This is a project -- like every other EDM challenge -- that I hope to repeat at some point and show improvement....that's the hope.


  1. BEAUTIFUL BELL!! I love the delicate painting of the flowers on the bell -- pretty shape!

  2. That's a wonderful bell. Love the colors!

  3. What a beautiful bell! All those little flowers. Those colors are just wonderful.

  4. A very pretty bell....well done ~


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