Sunday, November 11, 2012
I am really sad to say that I needed to make a decision this year not to participate in the Eastside Culture Crawl. The chaos of moving back from Wells, the new treatment to preserve my life from this advanced breast cancer and my adjusted priorities mean I just can't do it. It is a wonderful event. Studios all over the Eastside of Vancouver take part. Hundreds of artsts. Some not so great...many incredible. It is worth visiting Vancouver B.C. for. This year I am going out to see as many studios as I can manage with my new energy level. It is just great seeing so much art in a small distance from the house. I come home from these adventures burning with inspiraton. My breast cancer has advanced now to stage 4. There is no cure now. The treatments I am given simply hold back the hormones feeding the tumours which are now all through my lympathic system, in my lungs and my spine. The hormone blockers might help keep it back a bit. "It" turns out to be an unusual form of breast cancer that has not responded at all to other treatments. Nothing worked after all the different surgeries and treatments I have had. But it has been very, very slow growing. I am lucky that I do not yet feel much pain, that my breathing is challenged but not too bad, and that my brain seems to be working in the crazy way it always did. This year will be full of creativity and support. I love my life and still have so much to do. For now I will keep my studio and gallery in Wells. But it looks like I will be moving to a Gulf Island and keeping an apartment in the city. And looking forward to all these changes.