As an ovarian cancer survivor of four years, I paint to faciltate my healing as when I'm painting, I totally foget that I have cancer. In addition, I've found that my art work is a wonderful outlet for me so I continue to take classes including life drawing classes. At first I didn't know how I would use my nude sketches because I often use my art to educate women about ovarian cancer. Then one day I started painting the nudes and named them Althea's Teal Tart (Teal is the ovarian cancer survivor's color). They are outlandish nudes who seem a little edgy but put themselves all out there anyway by projecting their being able to see themselves humerously. I've shared them wih my support grop and we all get a good laugh from them.
Annette Bennington McElhiney, Ph. D. is a former RN, retired Professor of English and Women’s Studies, and, only after retirement, a self-taught painter. In 2010 she wrote Althea Re-balances Her Life: the emotional challenges one survivor faces after chemo for Ovarian Cancer” a humorous description of the “ups and downs” of the first two years after a cancer diagnosis. She was diagnosed with stage III Ovarian cancer in 2008 and given 5 years to live. In July of 2012, she completed 4 years of remission as a result of receiving great medical care and nurturing her immune system to be hostile to any cancer. This book, Dancing Joyfully, With or Without NED: A Blueprint using Art to Survive Ovarian Cancer documents through a combination...
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