Amabel Mortimer

Association: Patient
Region: Europe
Cancer: Breast Cancer

"Creativity has bought me peace in a chaotic time, helped me to adjust to changes in my appearance, and given me some control back. Those benefits are immeasurable.”

On September the 13th 2017, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Invasive ductal carcinoma grade 3 to be exact. For me, the process of creating images around my illness is a form of transference; it allows me to externalize and express some of the more difficult feelings I’m experiencing. I’m able to get thoughts and feelings I am carrying around like a burden, out of my head and onto the canvas. That always helps me to feel positive about how I’m managing whilst acknowledging and recording the difficult path I’m treading.

I hope my art may encourage, or inspire, other people facing cancer and treatments to find a creative outlet. I know my work isn’t always easy to look at, but the reality of facing cancer isn’t easy either. Creativity has bought me peace in a chaotic time, helped me to adjust to changes in my appearance, and given me some control back. Those benefits are immeasurable.”