Vol 22, No 1 (2015)

Cover Page

Amazing Grace

I’ve been diagnosed with lung cancer, stage 4, due to a mutation on the EGFR gene. The time frame could have been from 2 to 8 weeks to 6 months to live. This painting depicted the time that I was dying. It was a beautiful storm expressing His amazing grace upon me. Meanwhile, it illustrated human emotions at the time of losing the loved one. Yes, death was the natural process. Though death may hang on to me (green butterfly), the blue butterfly represented God (who I call Daddie), my mom and Hercules pulling me out of death’s arms. In a split second, His amazing grace empowered the critical moment between life and death. And yes, I am forever grateful, Daddie.

The mixed media artwork on the cover of this issue is entitled “Amazing Grace” and is by a person diagnosed with cancer from the 2012 Lilly Oncology On Canvas Art Competition and Exhibition.

Oncology On CanvasSM 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 Canvas was started in 2004 by Lilly Oncology 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. Since 2004, the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) has been the co-presenter of the Lilly Oncology On Canvas Art Competition and Exhibition for US and Puerto Rico residents.

Lilly Oncology on Canvas Canada launched in 2014. Visit www.lillyocc.com to learn more about the competition. Lilly Oncology on Canvas Canada is presented in partnership with the Canadian Association for Psychosocial Oncology and the Canadian Cancer Survivor Network.

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 new artwork for each cover from previous competitions.

Artwork from the Canadian competition will be viewable at www.lillyocc.com. Artwork from the US competition is available for viewing at www.lillyoncologyoncanvas.com