2018 - Year of Healing

In February 2018, I was given a diagnosis of ovarian cancer. I had an excellent surgeon and she removed everything that needed to be removed. We are so lucky in Canada to have access to such an amazing healthcare system - only 15 days passed between my diagnosis and surgery.

I agreed to the surgery wholeheartedly, but declined the chemotherapy - for a whole host of reasons. It was scary to make this decision, only in the sense that it involved coming up against the medical model. But once my surgeon (also my oncologist) realized that I was not to be convinced otherwise, she agreed to stay on with me to monitor my status every three months.

I immediately revamped my diet to largely pesco-vegetarian, with the occasional organic chicken breast and omelette. I started on a course of immunotherapy recommended by a family friend who has managed to extend his life way beyond his oncologist's prognosis. I started a meditation practice in earnest. I reached out to the universe in prayer. I consulted many different naturopaths, and now do IV treatments once or twice a week.

I am surrounded by love and support in a myriad of ways by my amazing family and friends. My husband and I did a solid month of research into natural non-toxic treatments before I chose my various courses of treatment. My sister came to help me with my recovery. I was surrounded by a lot of love and encouragement.

By mid-April, my blood tests were well below normal. Yay!

I am now almost 3 months post-cancer. I have had to toss out many of my more toxic types of acrylic paint. I'm still not painting. I'm not ready. I have, however, been very drawn to music lately ... to the Native American flute, and to crystal singing bowls. So perhaps music is my next chapter?

Regardless of the direction I choose, the balance of 2018 is for sanctuary and healing. I have cancelled all studio tours and art shows. I truly believe, however, that there are many more paintings inside me. I feel them there, waiting. So stay tuned...

Thank you for all of your support - for the lovely feedback I get from so many of you regarding my art and my poetry. It means the world to me.

I count my many blessings.

In love and light,
Annabelle

Out paddling with my son - May 2018.

Out paddling with my son - May 2018.