(original post from Instagram 10/120/18) Since it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I thought it would be fitting to highlight the story behind my piece “Hope on the Horizon.” In 2015, my brother gave me the terrible news that Annie, his wife of 12 years, had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Annie was like a sister to me and her diagnosis was scary on many levels - I was fearful for the difficult journey she was about to go through with surgery & chemo, the uncertainty of her prognosis, and the toll it would take on my brother and their young son. Breast cancer ran in her family and her mother actually died of it when she herself was a teen. It was hard not to jump to the thought of losing Annie, my brother being a widower and my nephew growing up without a mom. But even though there was so much that was unclear about her outlook, I tried to focus on the positives like how young and healthy she was to fight this battle, her support system, what good doctors she had and how much cancer research & treatments have advanced since her mom’s time. I was determined that Annie would not have the fate of her mother.
As I often do, I turn to art to process difficult life events. It is a form of therapy for me. I channeled these positive and hopeful thoughts to create “Hope on the Horizon”. The palette naturally consists of pink, the symbolic breast cancer hue, and yellow to represent the sun rising into a long, long future ahead. I even have a circular shape as a nod to that sunrise. The composition is purposely light and airy - not being weighed down by circumstances but rather rising up with love and courage.
While the road was difficult and side effects still linger, I’m happy to report that Annie’s treatment was a success and she is currently in remission. We all know someone who’s been touched by breast cancer. For those fighting the fight, my heart goes out to you and your family. I send you light, love and positive thoughts of a long future many horizons over.