Thursday, March 12, 2009

Jennifer's Gallery Opening Night was a huge success

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.  

5 comments:

Quiltdivajulie said...

What a marvelous event ~ I've followed your story for months now... I LOVE Jennifer's new hairstyle ~ may she hold fast to who she's becoming (and my heart goes out to all of you for the journey you've made). May the coming days/weeks/months continue to bring GREAT joy for each of you.

Libby said...

How wonderful - so good to see Jennifer smiling and victorious after her hard-fought battle.

Lilli said...

What a beautiful empowering event, how Jennifer was able to transform a process that no one would ever choose to happen, into a personal artistic journey :)

Congratulations to your whole family, Julie!

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

A beautiful story on many levels.

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

Wow, it has been a long journey and what a tale to tell! The display looks super! Glad to hear that everything has been a success!!! Cheers! Evelyn

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