Vol 16, No 6 (2009)

Cover Page


Photography by a Person Diagnosed with Cancer
New Jersey

I am an artist by nature, and a nature photographer by inclination. I have been shooting pictures of flowers, birds, animals, trees and scenery ever since I could hold a camera in my hands. There was always another place for me to go, another picture to take. When I was first diagnosed with Cancer, it all stopped; it seemed like I will never be able to go to all the places that needed me to have their pictures taken; find all the subjects that begged me to snap their photos. Furthermore, it all seemed so pointless — I didn’t even want to shoot any more pictures — what good can they be for me?

But one day my husband managed to drag me on a nature walk with my almost- discarded camera. When I saw the puddle on the road, exhibiting so much life and vibrancy, I snapped this picture and my world turned about. I became hopeful again, realizing there was so much photography I wanted to do; I couldn’t let down all these beautiful birds and flowers, those puddles that display such vitality! That is what helped me get through the treatments, and this picture reflects (pun intended...) my struggle: the road was hard, but even in a dreary surface one can see reflections of life, ever hopeful and renewing.

The photograph on the cover of this issue is entitled “Reflection” and was the Best Photograph by a Person Diagnosed with Cancer in the 2008 Lilly Oncology On Canvas: Expressions of a Cancer Journey Art Competition and Exhibition.

Oncology On Canvas was created by Eli Lilly and Company as a way to honour the journeys people take when confronted with a cancer diagnosis. The program invited people diagnosed with any type of cancer, their families and friends, cancer advocates, healthcare providers, as well as artists and art students to express, through art and in narrative, their own cancer journeys.

All winners were awarded a monetary donation to the cancer charity of their choice.

The rich and enduring collection of art is travelling the world and continues to touch the hearts and minds of people everywhere.

Current Oncology is committed to the Canadian oncology community as well as oncology communities around the world. We are pleased to help raise awareness of this great program created by Lilly. Current Oncology will be selecting a new artwork for each cover from previous and upcoming competitions.