It was during a visit to the doctor's office when I became personally acquainted with breast cancer. I will not deny the diagnosis felt like a death sentence. I was engulfed under a wave of so many emotions and found myself at a loss for words. I was completely clueless about breast cancer and was desperate for answers. I did not know anyone who had undergone the experience. I was in a daze. It was like a bad dream...
The first art exhibit was at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge First Anniversary celebration. It was also displayed at the Central Exchange Women's Organization and at a fundraiser sponsored by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in Kansas City. Additional showings have included the Lawrence Art Center Gallery Shop and Healing Arts exhibition sponsored by the Lawrence Art Center in Lawrence, Kansas.
Speaking engagements have been extended at the "Its About Me," Breast Cancer Awareness Association in Junction City, Kansas [Gertie Williams is the Founder/Chair], the Pink Power Luncheon sponsored by the Kansas State University Johnson Cancer Research Center and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. I was also given the opportunity to be featured in the Kansas State University Johnson Cancer Research Center Conquest magazine; the Manhattan Mercury, and the Collegian newspapers.
I am grateful for the support from the various organizations and different forums that have enabled me to showcase the artwork. Special thanks to Ag Press; Kansas Small Business Development Center; J&C Imaging and Yearbox Calendars.
I also wish to specifically acknowledge and extend my appreciation to Marcia Locke, Public Relation & Outreach Coordinator, at the Johnson Cancer Research Center; Kristen Bruce, LMSW, Education and Grants Coordinator for the Mid-Kansas Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure; the Breast Cancer Support Group in Manhattan, Kansas, and Wonder Wendy Graphics. I also would like to recognize the Breast Cancer Support Group in Osborne, Kansas. Thank you for allowing me to share my journey during Breast Cancer Awareness month (October 2014).
Breast Cancer Survivor's Footprints continues to be a work in progress. Thank you for your attentiveness in following this artistic journey as it evolves.
"I will extol thee, O LORD; To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD, my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever."
Psalm 30:1, 14
(King James Version)
Songs: Overwhelmed by Big Daddy Weave, God Your Reign by Lincoln Brewster, What A Beautiful Name by Hillsong Worship, and I Will Bless Thee O Lord (Sam Godfrey George) on YouTube
The Wilting Flower
In The Company Of My Sisters
Each year, during the month of October, we commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness.
We also celebrate the survivors as well as remember friends and loved ones who are no longer with us physically, but remain in our hearts and minds.
I pay tribute to their memory. Our individual experiences do not detract from our journey.
Song: Friends by Michael W. Smith
I hope you dance by Lee Ann Wormack and Hillsong United Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) Lyric Video; Oceanos (Donde Mis Pies Pueden Fallar - Hillsong
United on YouTube
For the first time I understood what it felt like to walk in the valley of the shadow of death.
"The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures. Even though I walk through the valley in the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me."
(King James Version)
Songs: One Thing Remains, Kristian Stanfill (Radio Version); Touch Me Lord Jesus - Gospel Legends Volume 1 Margret Allison, on YouTube
23rd Psalm Rendition
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"The pathway that lies before me
Only my Heavenly Father knows.
I'll trust Him to unfold the moments,
Just as He unfolds the rose."
Songs for your enjoyment:
My Life is in Your Hands; Lord, I Believe in You; For Every Mountain; He's Been Faithful; Faithful to the End & More than Enough - The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir; Walter Hawkins, Heaven;
Rooftops - Jesus Culture (Kim Walker), In Christ Alone Irish Hymns, I Am Not Alone, Kari Jobe; The Maker & Starry Night, Christ August; I Don't Want to Go, Avalon; Where You Go I Go, Kim Walker-Smith Jesus Culture; Trust In You & O' Lord, Lauren Daigle, on YouTube
Note: Subsequent video links will follow at viewers discretion on YouTube. Please feel free to view other individual survival stories relating to cancer awareness.
Check out So Beautiful - Breast Cancer Awareness Music Video. I Need You to Survive, Hezekiah Walker;
Aretha Franklin, Bridge Over Troubled Water
"If you're struggling tonight, please know you're not alone. You matter very much.
Don't give up." - Unknown
Songs: You Are My Hiding Place, Selah
Wanda Nero Butler, Pilgrim; I Need Thee (1987)
I Will Bless Thee O Lord (Sam Godfrey George)
We Are Messengers - Magnify; Move (Keep Walkin'), Toby Mac; Overcomer, Madissa; Chain Breaker, Zach Williams; Jesus Will Fix It, Lee Williams; The Power of Your Name (with Darlene Zschech), Lincoln Brewster; Jesus I My Cross Have Taken - Enfield; Majesty (Here I am) Delirious Live Concert; Lauren Daigle, You Say; Aretha Franklin: Precious Lord Take My Hand and What a Friend We Have In Jesus; Dios Esta Aqui on YouTube
Coronavirus (COV-19) Pandemic,
Racial Injustice and Turbulent Times
Simply taking a moment to remember Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Eric Garner, and Frieddie Gray. Additionally, Sandra Bland, Atatiana Jefferson, Natasha McKenna, Kayla Moore, Breonna Taylor, Pamela Turner, among so many others who were killed in police custody and those who remain in obscurity.
"Surely no one lays a hand on a broken man when he cries for help in his distress. Have I not wept for those in trouble? Has not my soul grieved for the poor?" Job 30: 24 & 25, New International Version Bible
"But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream." Amos 5:4, New International Version Bible
I close with the following quote: "When my arms can't reach the people close to my heart, I always hug them with my prayers" (What Makes My Heart Sing). Let us not just come collectively in prayer but also proactively address the racial inequalities, injustice, and disparities with positive changes.
To all the families who are grieving the loss of their loved ones, friend(s), a neighbor, or an acquaintance during this turbulent period as we also cope with the coronavirus pandemic, please accept my condolences.