July 31, 2017

What an incredible evening of creating art!  Artist Emily Christenson began by showing us images of the rings of a tree.  Each of us etched our own rings in a section of a large canvas, added color to our rings then we connected all the rings.  My friend, Crystal, told...

July 24, 2017

You survive cancer surgery, chemo and radiation.  Are you done with cancer?  

No.  You still have endless follow-up appointments with your long list of new doctors....oncologists, neurologists, internists, cardiologists, gastroenterologists, dermatologists....

You f...

July 24, 2017

While going through cancer treatment, I remember thinking that if one more person gives me a gift with the pink ribbon on it, I will scream.  Really, the last thing I wanted was being branded "pink loving cancer person" on my scarf, t-shirt, cap, key ring, water bottle...

April 28, 2017

I discovered that Living Proof's co-founder, Mary Ellen Cunningham, has nerves of steel and a strength underneath her gentle smile.

Mary Ellen and I met in 2010 at the Quad City Breast Cancer Support Group.  I found out that she had some of her art in a local show.  I'd...

April 21, 2017

When I was diagnosed with cancer, I had several people tell me that I should keep a journal. They said that it would help me to express my feelings, both good and bad, and would be therapeutic. I wasn’t surprised by their suggestion, after all, I was writer. I had spen...

April 7, 2017

When I had my breast cancer surgery in 2008, my lymph nodes were removed, too. My doctors gave me information on lymphedema, but since I was undergoing chemotherapy and radiation, I didn’t think much of it except to purchase a “no medical procedures this arm” bracelet...

March 24, 2017

“You saved my life.”
These are words that you say to a doctor, a fire fighter, or a police officer. We heard those words from a cancer survivor.

When Mary Ellen Cunningham and I started Living Proof Exhibit, we knew that creative sessions would be part of our long-term...

March 9, 2017

As I have talked to cancer survivors about joining Living Proof Exhibit, I often get the same reaction..."what I do isn’t really art." My response is always, "does it make you happy? Have you found joy or peace in creating or doing something with your hands?"

Cancer has...

February 1, 2017

Zentangling -- loved it!  It taught me a new understanding of the patience and detail in art.  It's fun to do while couch sitting.

February 1, 2017

Clay - fun to feel the glossy feeling of the clay as it slithers through your fingers.  My pot is lopsided but is my creativity?  Not a chance!

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