Nuclear Necessities

Before starting chemo, I created this piece in order to come to terms with this process. The toxic waste barrel represents the chemo as it enters my body destroying everything in its path. I had to think of it in terms of having it fighting for me in a positive way. The figure is posed like a martial arts fighter. The body is no longer green with toxic waste but full of colour and life. The ribbon dancing around her is also full of joy and hope. This artwork relieved my worries and helped me visualize chemo in a more positive way so I could cope while being tethered to the barrel in the treatment room.

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