Vol 19, No 4 (2012)

Cover Page

Darkness Shows Us Worlds of Light We Never Saw by Day

In the prime of my life, I wasn’t at all prepared to give up body parts to tumors (benign and malignant): a hysterectomy, quickly followed by a double mastectomy.  Sadly, a divorce soon followed.  I was so low, I was looking up at down.

Slowly, through that dark pit of time, light began to emerge that was more revealing than any I’d seen before.  Life altering insights were gained in that light.  I wouldn’t be the same person today had I not dealt with cancer.  My body suffered a blow, but the inner me experienced a very positive alteration!

The mixed media on the cover of this issue is entitled “Darkness Shows Us Worlds of Light We Never Saw by Day" and is by a person diagnosed with cancer from the 2010 Lilly Oncology On Canvas: Expressions of a Cancer Journey Art Competition and Exhibition.

Lilly Oncology On Canvas: Expressions of a Cancer Journey is an art competition and exhibition that honours the journeys people face when confronted with a cancer diagnosis. This biennial competition invites individuals diagnosed with any type of cancer—as well as their families, friends, caregivers and healthcare providers —to express through art and narrative, the life-affirming changes that give their cancer journeys meaning.

Oncology On CanvasSM was started in 2004 by Eli Lilly and Company to help address a great, unmet need in cancer care— a need that goes beyond medicine—to help those affected by cancer cope with the emotional toll of the disease.

Artwork from the 2010 competition continues to tour cancer centres, hospitals and patient advocacy group events.

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.