Missy Sparkle

How would you describe your initial reactions and feelings when you first received your breast cancer diagnosis?

I was scared. However had to be strong for my boys. I was expecting it as I knew something wasn’t right. So also felt relief knowing what it was. 

What aspects of your individuality do you feel have been most challenged, changed or strengthened by this experience?

I was a very self confident woman who enjoyed feeling sexy and embraced womanhood and encouraged other woman to do the same. However I have now struggled with my self confidence and self love due to the visual changed in my body now. Slowly rebuilding that but it takes time. 

Are there specific moments or experiences in your cancer journey that stand out to you, which you would like depicted in the sculpture?

Just my resilience throughout it all. 

How has your perspective on life and your own identity evolved since your diagnosis?

Life is always and has always been precious that’s not changed. I’ve faced a lot of this journey alone which had made me even more independent. 

In what ways do you feel bravery has played a role in your cancer journey? Are there particular instances of courage that you’d like represented?

I’ve shared my whole journey via social media. Promoting breast checks. This was hard but it felt right. Shaving my hair before I even started chemo was brave. 

How do you want the world to see you through this sculpture? What part of your reality, character, or experience would you like it to emphasise?

Changed but still me. 

What has been your source of strength and resilience throughout your journey with breast cancer?

My children

What does being a part of this exhibition mean to you? How do you hope it might impact others who see your sculpture?

I just hope more younger woman check themselves, don’t wait for mammograms etc. 

Is there a specific message or emotion you want to convey to the audience of this exhibition, particularly to those who might be going through a similar experience?

Keep going. One day at a time. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Some tunnels are longer than others but there is light. 

How has the ABC community helped you with your journey? 

Providing free bras after surgery was great. Food.je vouchers were great too.

Touch, Look, Check (TLC)

Give your boobs some TLC to look for early signs of breast cancer.