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.
Wondering how I came up with this title for the exhibit?