How would you describe your initial reactions and feelings when you first received your breast cancer diagnosis?
I thought I’m only 52, I’m too young to die.
What aspects of your individuality do you feel have been most challenged, changed or strengthened by this experience?
Cancer robs you of a person I feel. Always thinking what if! But as time goes on you learn to live with it. Until my daughter got it, which was a 1000 times worse than being told I had it.
How has your perspective on life and your own identity evolved since your diagnosis?
I need to live more. Less work.
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?
You have to be positive. Everyone said how positive I was, and this definitely helped my daughter. Who knew that having cancer would have been such a positive thing for my daughter and family.
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?
For me, and now my daughter, I want young girls to know you are not too young!
What has been your source of strength and resilience throughout your journey with breast cancer?
What does being a part of this exhibition mean to you? How do you hope it might impact others who see your sculpture?
To bring awareness to young girls. I/we did not have the gene, so just unlucky!
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?
Stay strong, be positive, there is light at the end of the tunnel
How has the ABC community helped you with your journey?
They have been amazing, always there for you.
Why is it important to support ABC Jersey (through fundraising / volunteering)? What difference has this charity made to you, personally?
100% there for you and we’re amazing when I asked them to fund my daughter’s eyebrows (tattoo) prior to chemo.