I just found out a self portrait I took during my chemotherapy is touring around Canada. I had submitted the photo over a year ago and hadn't received any confirmation that it had been accepted. Well, I Googled myself out of curiosity the other day and found myself on a favourite 10 photos list on some random medical site. The other 9 photos on that list are intensely beautiful and I feel honoured and amazed that mine was included.
This is a slightly cropped version of the photo in the show. I was receiving one of the 6 days of chemotherapy that was going to wipe out my immune system completely. After the 6 days, there is a day of rest and then the transplant.
There was more than I could ever tell you, going through my mind that day. I had my running shoes ready to escape the hospital, just in case. Glad I didn't run because I wouldn't be here now.
The photos are also up on the Photosensitive site, click here to see the online gallery. The show, called Cancer Connections, is a joint project between the Canadian Cancer Society and Photosensitive. There are over 400 images in the show.
Here are 6 other photos I took from the ten favourite list off the random medical site.
These pictures are so stunning and raw, giving a small glimpse into our personal cancer experiences.
I would love to see it in person. I have itchy feet and really want to travel, so going to the next opening of this show would really hit the spot.
I have no idea if I could get there, but you never know.