After having seen my father fight and succumb to bladder cancer in his early fifties, getting cancer was my number one fear. Going through chemo ran a close second. When we realized that I not only had to have a double mastectomy but also an aggressive chemotherapy regimen, David Ray once again pulled me back from pit of despair by convincing me that since we were going to be together for all of our days why not trade one year for the next forty.
Author Note: A Stroll Down Mammary Lane is an illustrated journal chronicling eighteen months of our experience with breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and cure. During the long convalescence, I spent most of my time horizontal healing from multiple surgeries, chemotherapy and other treatments. I was unable to work in my pottery studio and my career as a full time ceramic sculptor was put on hold while I focused on getting through one procedure at a time. I wasn’t able to do much but I did draw and it resulted in about 90 illustrations of my process of fighting breast cancer.
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