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Announcement in our local paper this week about the group I facilitate, Creativity Heals. I'm in the mustard-colored shirt. This photo was taken last spring, when I still wore my compression sleeve following a chemo port-associated blood clot. (The sleeve was not for lymphedema but for venous swelling from the clot.) The meeting shown was an infinity scarf workshop given by one of our members.

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I'm posting this picture in response to a request to see what my hair is like now. I finished chemo on Oct. 16, 2014 (4 cycles A/C + 12 cycles Taxol). My hair started to return about two weeks before I finished the weekly Taxol infusions. This picture was taken on Jan. 26, 2017, so I had finished chemo about 2-1/4 years ago. I still have a bit of chemo curl left, which is especially visible right after a shower. My hair had been thin to begin with, but is even thinner now from anastrazole, which I've been taking for for almost 26 months.

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Collage is made from public domain materials found via the Public Domain Review (http://publicdomainreview.org). The sky and rainbow are from Rainy Season in the Tropics (1866) by Frederic Edwin Church. Birds are from Trochilidae, plate 99 from Ernst Haeckel’s Kunstformen der Natur (1904) and (at center) Vol. 1 of The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands (1754) by Mark Catesby and George Edwards. The egg shape at right is from Ascidiacea, plate 85 from Haeckel. Flowers are from Temple of Flora (1807) by Robert Thornton. Architectural setting is from Variae Architecturae Formae (1636), based on the forms of Dutch Renaissance architect Hans Vredeman de Vries (1527–c.1607). Done in ArtRage. Large size at https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/631/31883529691_ed82c2e6cc_b.jpg

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Riff on a holiday card. Full size at https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5833/30973887430_5de9188d4b_o.jpg. Original card image at https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5633/30973903200_348bbcee0a.jpg. Season's blessings to all!

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Ornament, done on my desktop ArtRage. (Original at https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5458/31311948475_bf19d06c97_o.jpg.) Wishing everyone a holiday season filled with love, peace, comfort, and all good things.

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An extraordinary short film (15 min.). The twist at the end is why I'm posting it here.

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Another in my series of art quickies. I made this one from a shot of the compression bandages used when I had blood work done at my cancer center on Friday. After a dud stick and an unusable blood vial because it filled so slowly that it clotted, the third stick was the charm. I'm still waiting for some results, but I'm happy to say that the tests look good so far! (I'm not expecting any surprises.) Full size at https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5477/29873397304_c81a074ef9_o.jpg. Original shot at https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5332/30205555120_d9220341b1_c.jpg.

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Happy Monday, everyone. I continue to do my daily art quickies, in which I take a photo with my tablet and manipulate it using ArtRage for Android. This quickie is based on a shot of trees that I took from my cancer center's parking lot on Friday, when I had my three-month checkup and blood work. Full size at https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5692/30529522155_c789187e1f_o.jpg. Original shot at https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5626/29898863594_7071a45811_c.jpg.

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A Mandala for World Peace. Includes tracings that I've made from my photos of a Palamedes swallowtail butterfly, daisies, clouds, azalea, and swallowtail kites. Also includes galaxy stencils created by Stefano Fiore ("Mister Stencil" on the ArtRage forums), a stencil of an Achatinella shell made from William Swainson's Zoological Illustrations, and a stencil made from
a photo of my peace button. The smallest details can be seen in the fullsize version: https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8249/29889783485_4048d8af26_o.jpg.

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My entry in this year's Sassy Cups contest. Funds raised benefit the Citrus Aid Cancer Foundation (http://citrusaid.org/), which helps cancer patients/families in need in my county. This is my second year of participating in the contest. The photo at far left comes from the Citrus County Chronicle, which has posted all of this year's entries online. All of the art here is done with Sharpies. Original size at https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8088/29694731321_3f3b2a4b8e_o.jpg.

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Cool intersection of physics and medicine here. This is precision treatment that's minimally invasive, with minimal side effects. It's still in the early stages and using mouse models, but the results so far look exciting.

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I continue to do my daily "quickies" -- taking photos with my tablet and manipulating them in ArtRage for Android. This is one of my quicker quickies: about 10 minutes spent with two photos that I've blended together. Full size at https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8199/29202884046_ace056a492_b.jpg. Original shots, both of the same elm, at https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8543/28948808300_a1ff0127ef.jpg.

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