I was diagnosed with breast cancer in June, 2016. My treatment plan included eight chemotherapy infusions over 16 weeks, a lumpectomy and five weeks of radiation. I was referred to Parker Adventist Hospital for the radiation, where I immediately noticed the beautiful artwork on the walls. By the time I got to the radiation part of this cancer journey, I was weary and just taking one day at a time. It was such a pleasure and mood-booster to walk into such a healing environment, largely because of the calming, hopeful aesthetic details. That particular facility had their own messages of hope spread throughout radiology, from quote cards to a “tree of life” where you could drop your messages of hope and prayers for the future in the wall.

They also incorporated artwork, music, massage and facials into the patient experience, which I learned later was all a part of the Healing Arts program. As a nature photographer (hobbyist), I was immediately drawn to the photography I saw on the walls outside of the waiting area. Before finishing my treatments, the photography was replaced with small wall quilts. They were stunning and the colors were both calming and cheerful. I heard that all of the art was available for purchase and inquired about a few that caught my eye. I learned that each one that caught my interest were hand-made by quilter Debbie Bosler and that Debbie wanted to gift me with one of my choosing. I met Debbie and Mary Williams (Healing Arts rotating gallery manager) at Parker Adventist the day the quilts were being rotated out, to receive my quilt and thank the contributors in person. I chose Debbie’s “Square Garden” quilt because the colors were bright and square flowers are out of the norm — an appropriate metaphor for the year I had gone through. Cancer took me out of my norm, but the experiences, people and resources that I encountered because of it, left my life a little bit brighter. Thank you for being a part of my healing journey!

 

[My story for the Healing Arts Program, Denver, Colorado. Submitted per request for their website and newsletter.]