Toxic, Tattooed and Tougher Than Margaret Thatcher:
Chronicle of a Year with Cancer
Toxic Tattooed

When I was diagnosed with cancer in 1997, I devised an unusual way of managing
my disease, by photographing myself during various phases of treatment. Faced
with a choice of experiencing a terrible tragedy or a great adventure, I chose the
adventurous route.

By seeing myself as a survivor, and presenting myself that way to others, I can
encourage people to see themselves as survivors. By taking myself out of an
unpleasant situation and making something more of it, I transformed the experience.

The photo essay provided a focus during treatment; it was entertaining and
distracting to think of chemo and radiation visits as photo opportunities. By sharing
the story I've been able to demystify the disease for many people. I hope this candid,
informative and humorous exhibit will be useful not just for people facing cancer, but
also for anyone who needs to find humor in an otherwise humorless experience.
What people say
The pictures
Wondering how I came up with this title for the exhibit?