Surviving Cancer: Our Voices & Choices

by Marion Behr

Shortly after my children had urged me to go for a mammogram, I started a sculpture project to encourage others to be aware of early detection.  I had been certain that  I was going for my yearly exam when in reality, two and one half years had passed by. (When one is very involved in ones studio, it’s very easy to lose track of time.)

Soon after the mammogram my radiologist discovered a small cancer. My surgeon and pathologist both noted that if I had waited longer – there would have been a much greater problem as the cancer had just begun to spread to a sentinel node.

During my cancer treatments there were many opportunities to speak with and listen to other cancer patients’ thoughts.  Many of the sculptures reflect thoughts or actions  that were revealed with regard to cancer experiences as a result of these interactions.

Ultimately,  over 30 sculptures were created to encourage early detection. “Cancel Cancer,” ‘Image Early,” and a number of other shows, brought many cancer survivors together and often they exchanged information gathered through their experiences. At the second such show held in the Contemporary Center for Art, a panel discussion ultimately lead to the creation of Surviving Cancer: Our Voices & Choices which has 70 contributors, has received three medals and wonderful reviews. 

Following are some photographs of the sculptures which have all been formed from actual radiation cradles, all of which could not otherwise have been recycled. 

The book from the project, Surviving Cancer: Our Voices & Choices, can be purchased here.

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