Day: March 20, 2018

Diagnosis

Posted on 20 March 2018 by Sofia Vougioukalou

Diagnosis This poem is about a medical folder that was left on the side of the bed   I didn’t want to look I didn’t want to view The different scenarios That could come into view   Their lying there Upon the bed Daring me to open them To run around Inside my head To
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give us a call

Posted on 20 March 2018 by Sofia Vougioukalou

Give us a call Give us a call Why did you say it? When you really Didn’t mean it You really Didn’t mean it At all   You left me On the ledge On the edge Thinking I had A friend Who I could Depend on Some one to Lean on   Some one to
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Snakes and ladders

Posted on 20 March 2018 by Sofia Vougioukalou

                                  Looking back 8 years on April 29th 2009 my life had a blowout. I was diagnosed with oesophagus cancer. Life is like the board game snakes and ladders. Life began again for me at square 1 on the 29th
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Faraway tree

Posted on 20 March 2018 by Sofia Vougioukalou

      I painted this picture as a memory came to me concerning trees and cancer. I was lying in a wood on a cold, damp, late autumn night. My son was digging for spruce roots to finish a birchbark pot he was making. He had climbed up the mountainside to a spruce plantation
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Timeline

Posted on 20 March 2018 by Sofia Vougioukalou

Cancer Diagnosis, Healing and Feeling Timeline in Pictures   Denial I was in denial the moment I felt the pea sized lump. I was too stressed at work to deal with it and it came and went with my cycle so it was only once I had quit my job a few months later that
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Tryphtich

Posted on 20 March 2018 by Sofia Vougioukalou

                      A tryphtich​ depicting the healing process of an incision. The colours represent colour changes with bruising and the silver and gold leaf are the 38 staples used on the wound, the leaf on the final one is depicting the scar left. It’s series of
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Wounded Tree

Posted on 20 March 2018 by Sofia Vougioukalou

  The natural world became an important part of the healing process for me – being close to nature became a way of releasing some of the emotional turmoil and stress that resulted from my diagnosis. This tree offered a place of safety and peace. I felt a connection with it – it seemed strong
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The Polar Bear

Posted on 20 March 2018 by Sofia Vougioukalou

  I was alone at the diagnosis appointment in a very small room (think broom cupboard with a filing cabinet). The other 5-6 people were leaning on the walls. One was a breast care nurse from the card she gave me in whispered words when I left the room. It was a kindIy gesture but
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