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Monday, July 2, 2012

Working Through a Disability

If you have been following my blog, you will know that I am currently fighting my second go-around with Stage IV cancer...and since I've been on chemo since November 2010, I have experienced a lot of disabilities.  Some are only temporary, some are permanent.  Working with the disabilities sometimes makes me try to find out different ways of doing things so I can continue, and sometimes it means that I have to take a little break from blogging.

I'm also interested how others deal with debilitating health issues, particularly ones which affects their artwork.  In this case, Tom Watson III has an interesting story.  This triptych is made salvaged cardboard.  Tom is showing us his recovery from a stroke in this piece he calls "Stem:  Reassemblage, Series II."  The first piece you see his brain stem, the second it is shattered and spread apart, showing the impact of the stroke.  The third piece it is reassembled onto a watercolor painted background which has been mounted once again on the cardboard.  His artwork is there...but you see that missing lower left corner...things are together, but not exactly completely whole.

I thought this was a pretty interesting piece and I love it when people use art to express what has happened to them.

Of course, very little art has been being done around here....last night we were without power for 4 hours....which I am grateful for as our neighbors on the other side of the street were out of power from the first windstorm on Friday night until this afternoon.  An amusing thing was that I had made dinner for them on Sunday...only to have to wait until the storm passed and that brought our own power outage!  Food was all made and was yummy and the company was good.  With temperatures well over 90 and high humidity....being without power is not something you look forward to.


Del said...

There is so much disaster going on around the country that I have a hard time keeping track. I'm glad your power is back on - I'm sure it is miserable to be without in the heat/humidity. Sending good thoughts your way. Love, Del

SewCalGal said...

A dear friend also dealt with breast cancer for many years, with learning to live with chemo treatments for 15+ years. I think she would advise you "it is not the cancer that defines you, but the artist that lives within you".

I sure hope that a cool breeze comes your way soon to break the terrible heat/humidity. And, I send positive thoughts and prayers your way too!

Big quilty hug,


Advin Charles said...

I would like to suggest you to go for the chemotherapy because it's best in Stage 4 Cancer.

Lisa Broberg Quintana said...

Thanks Del and SewCalGal.

Advin Charles...I'm a tad puzzled by your comment and am tempted to remove it as spam...but I'm really not sure. If you would look at my profile, or even the information on the sidebar, you will see that I was diagnosed Stage IV 15 years ago. I am presently fighting a multiple bone site recurrence....and have already been through Abraxane, Tamoxifen, Faslodex in attempted to bring this back under control and am presently on my fourth month of Xeloda as the Abraxane and Tamoxifen failed....