The opening of the Bone Fractured Fairy Tale, My Year Lost in Cancer Land was a huge success. What would a fairy tale be if not starting with "Once upon a time", which gives people a place to start to read the story within a story of the nightmare that becomes a happy ending, for us at least. The show is composed of essays and journal entries that circle the room and progress through the many stages of frustration in diagnosis and the subsequent treatment. Between the written words are photos and paintings of the surrealness of the experience and reality of the experience.
The success of the Art Show was a small "compensation" for the awfulness the treatment of cancer. But, it did turn into a bright spot in the roller coster.
Jennifer got to sign some of her artwork for $25.00 a picture and the wonderful people in attendance supported this local hospital that does so much good, Kosair.
Before cancer, Jennifer had long blond hair. My daughter started the night with the wig on. Like a curious security blanket she held on to the perceived "normalcy". By the end of the event, when she was feeling more confident and off went the wig, or what remained of it after a year. Long blond monofiliment fibers found around my home, were not invisible quilting threads, but, the cover that prevented her for being herself. Out came the purple hair, that is my beautiful creative daughter.
This is Jennifer with her nurse friend that shaved her head bald when Jen lost all of hers, notice the picture on the wall behind them. You really do meet some amazing people in times of difficulty, both on the treatment side and the reality side.