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!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Thanksgiving mandala

In our art therapy class we were asked to list or draw or collage or whatever what we are thankful for in honor of the Thanksgiving weekend. I decided to make a simple mandala with 12 points. But here are the points: I am grateful 1) For my husband, children and grandchildren 2) For our decision to relocate and for our California home 3) For having enough of everything I need 4) For music, dance, art, film and literature 5) For my animal pets and animals in the wild 6) For my education and my ability to continue to learn 7) For my opening eyes and my increasing ability to notice and see 8) For medicines and treatments and those who assist me with my health 9) For friends and extended family 10) For plants and the beauty of the natural world 11) For the work I have and the clients I serve and 12) For a sense of awe and wonder and the capacity to feel and to love. The center says, "To be thankful is to be alive."


  1. Another beautiful mandala! Thanks you for sharing it. Also, the drawing of the dog is super! I can imagine hearing him breath, and perhaps moan with pleasure, in that position. My doxies love to sleep...and not one of them would ever be a service dog! They are hard-headed little beasts!

    Keep making mandalas!

  2. Your drawing and sentiments are right on! Enjoy your turkey.


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