(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.
You can see the TTT Pictures under Toxic Tattooed in the right column,
And then, 20 years later ... you can read about that in Cancer 2.0 under TT in the right column