My name is Nicole, and at the age of 35, I was diagnosed with stage 1a breast cancer. My whole life I have always loved art and would spend hours painting and drawing. This very activity helped me deal with my whole cancer journey. It was the only thing that made me feel like my “old” self. There is something so relaxing about picking up a paint brush and just letting your imagination pour out – by the time you are done with the piece, you go from a white canvas to a whole new world.
Below are some featured pieces:
Pink Flower is a painting I did after my last day of chemotherapy. My mom held a small paint night to celebrate my ending chemo. Additionally, the butterfly in the corner is how I like to sign my paintings.
In Honor of My Nicky Boy is a painting of my dog that was given to me by my dad, who passed away 10 years ago. After my dad passed, it was almost like my dad lived in Nick in some weird way. He was always by my side.
Right after finishing radiation, we sadly had to put Nick down. It was almost like he waited for me to be done with treatment; like he didn’t want to leave me. Nick is truly special to me. So I decided to paint a picture in his honor.
The painting Northern Lights features a mountain picture that was inspired by the Northern Lights. They have always been so beautiful to me. There is just something peaceful to me when I look at them.
Now, almost 3 years later, I am starting my own Facebook group to help spread awareness of the importance in early detection. My group is called Creativity Pink: A Place for Hope. I not only want to spread awareness, but I want it to be a place to share stories, art, fitness, mom life and so much more. My goal in life now is to help others and continue my journey to be the best version of myself.
There is always Hope!!
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