Saturday, January 9, 2016

Life After Breast Cancer: Painting

The Road, by Patricia Prijatel                 copyright 2016
When I was in college and choosing careers, I was torn between being an artist and a writer. I chose not to be an artist because, to my teenage self, the only way an artist could make a decent living was by teaching and I didn't want to teach. Ironically, I ended up with a highly rewarding career as a writing teacher. Go figure.

Anyway, I am returning to my roots and doing things that I simply find enjoyable. This painting is of the road to our Colorado cabin.

Painting relaxes and exhilarates me, and I am proud of this one. The excellent photo of it comes from a talented photographer who is a former student from my teaching days.

So life goes on, in full color.

5 comments:

Patricia Prijatel said...

I just realized that the photo on my last post was of this same spot. Guess I like it.

Sue in Italia/In the Land Of Cancer said...

Very nice. Love the sunflowers. How many paintings have you done?

Patricia Prijatel said...

I did seven last year. Most are hanging somewhere in the house; some are in the closet. I am having prints made of this one as I have several people who actually want to buy it! Eeek.

Anonymous said...

Hi Pat, I'm so happy you have this blog. It is so vitally helpful. Some of the things I've read on TNBC is so frightening. I was diagnosed in May 2014 with Stage II TNBC. I went through chemo, surgery and radiation. I too had a complete pathological response and am in remission. Yay! I thank God every day. I hope and pray to also reach that three-year mark without recurrence. Thank you so much for having this blog and giving me some peace and relief that there are long-term TNBC survivors out there! God bless!

Unknown said...

Hi Pat, I am Claudia from Germany, diagnosed 20.12. 2013, 43 years old. That Christmas I won't forget and each new Christmas is like a second Birthday. I was diagnosed with TNBC Stage 3 b with 10 positive nodes, but thank god no other metastases. 6 months ago everything was fine said the doctor...There wasn't any case of breast cancer in my family but i've got the brca1 mutation. I went through first surgery (axilla dissection and port), 9 months of neoadjuvant chemo, second surgery (mastectomy and reconstruction of the affected breast) and radiation. I had to fight to get carboplatin because it wasn't standard treatment at that time in Germany (now it is). I had to fight for the genetic testing. But i got it and i had a pcR!!! The day the doctor told me that i have reached the pcR was my husbands birthday and it was the most wonderful gift he ever got. I changed my lifestyle, try to eat healthy, do more sports and got a less stressfull job. I have no Martinis like you, but sometimes a glass of Red wine and I need my daily pieces of chocolate like the air that I breathe ;-) Last year I had removal of the ovaries. Now I am postmenopausal and this is why I decided to take vitamin D3 and bisphosphonates - and drink my coffee again with coffein ;-) helps against fatigue! Everything is good at the moment. This morning I got a MRI, tomorrow I will get the result. Trying to keep calm today.

I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your book which was the first book about breast cancer I read after diagnosis. And it was the best one, which gave so much Information the german doctors didn't have. Having all these informations I could be my own advocate, which is for many german doctors new and unusual. I can say that your book is my BIBEL!

I was so shocked as I read that you had to have mastectomy because of a new TNBC. I pray for you, wishing you all the very best!! I do not think that it was caused by the glass of Martini more or less. We want to feel alive not thinking about every second if what we do or eat or drink is good or bad to "produce" a new cancer. This is what we in Germany call "quality of life".

Next month I will have contralateral mastectomy, after that I can say I have everything done I had to do. And then all I can do is leading a life full of hope, love and laughter. As I always say: "a little party killed nobody!"

Wishing you all the very best and a long life! Yours Claudia