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!

Monday, December 10, 2007

What stress?

I've got the beginnings of holiday stress. I was first aware of it in our art therapy class today when we were asked to get acquainted with watercolors before the real assignment was given. I didn't want to get acquainted with watercolors, I'm in a watercolor class each week. So while the newbies were doing their thing I was aware of everything that needed to be done back home, an hour away. Don't misunderstand, I've loved this class and have taken art therapy classes all year, summer included. But I'm tired now, I have more ideas than I can present to the kids at Juvenile Hall or use personally. So I just dropped orange paint on the paper and it immediately looked like eyes. One even dried with lines, true stress! So I added green hair and then I got into it and voilá, my portrait in the moment!

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