Saturday, January 19, 2008

Update to "My Story in a Nutshell"

On January 16, 2008 I received the good news that my tumor marker is now within normal range. This wonderful news may mean that I'm in remission, although my open-minded oncologist - who has been monitoring me even though I'm receiving no orthodox treatments whatsoever - hesitates to make that declaration just yet because I still have skin nodules on my upper body. In two weeks I'll receive a P.E.T.-scan to determine whether or not these nodules contain active cancer or just dead cells. I suspect the latter. If they're made of dead cells my body will do its job of gradually digesting and eliminating them, which I believe is already taking place. I've been on this long road for 5 1/2 years and finally I can see not just a glimmer of light - it's more like a beacon - leading me out and onto the next leg of my journey.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

My Fundraisers: Dance of Life/Cell Sensation

In February 2006 I was diagnosed with a stage-4 metastasized recurrence of breast cancer. (Follow link to "MY Story in a Nutshell" for info on initial diagnosis in 2002). When I got this news I resumed my nutritional therapy but knew I needed help. A hospital in Tijuana, Mexico offered alternative therapies that I had been researching, including intraveneous ozone, chelation, intraveneous laetrile, among others, as well as nutritional support and organic juices. I was determined to find the resources to go for treatments. My partner Vito Valdez and other friends quickly organized two fundraisers for me entitled Dance of Life/Cell Sensation that were held in May 2006. The Detroit artist community generously donated work for auction, poets read their work, musicians and flamenco dancers performed, and off I went to the Oasis of Hope Hospital for 18 days of treatments. I'm eternally grateful for their outpouring of love, kindness, support and generosity.

Here I am at one of the two fundraisers with my AMAZING nephew TJ.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Humor Therapy


My partner Vito and I rescued a litter of kittens almost 5 months ago. They have become a part of my therapy, providing an abundance of joy and laughter every day. Here are 2 of the 4 rascals we kept: Braveheart and Senor.

Images of recent work, 2007

My sculpture and assemblages reveal an underlying interest in form and object-making and much of it serves as metaphor for the healing body.






These images were taken by Vito Valdez.