Cancer Survival Work Of Art On Display


Friday, April 11th 2008, 10:37 pm
By: News On 6


The story of a breast cancer survival told through photography and journal entries of world famous actress Lynn Redgrave is now on display at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

"This is a story not only about surviving breast cancer and clearly it is that. But it's a story about family relationships and when I see these photos of Lynn with her daughter, with her mother, and with her sister I'm overwhelmed by that. And it's helped me value my life more just on a day to day basis," said Teresa Miller, executive director of the Oklahoma Center for Poets and writers at OSU-Tulsa.

The prestigious work of art was once featured in the New York Times, and will be featured in only a few cities.

"This composite of photographs that tell who she truly is," said Teresa Miller.

The photographs of actress Lynn Redgrave's daily battle with breast cancer taken by her daughter Annabel Clark are accompanied by a very personal journal entry written by Ms. Redgrave from the moment her cancer was discovered, to her last treatment.

But the pictures don't just tell her story, but the story of every family faced with the disease. Nancy Herman's mother was recently diagnosed; the exhibit was in a way healing.

"I found real strength in this. This is a lot about love and family. And what families do. And if a star like Lynn Redgrave and her daughter can go through this we can go through this and find the same kind of strength," said PAC Marketing Director Nancy Herman.  

In one of Ms. Redgrave's journals she wrote:

I thought while on the radiation this morning. Having cancer treatment is life affirming. I am now truly living in the moment. Wishing nothing away in the terms of time. Just living and noticing everything.

"Cancer is life affirming and the knowledge of cancer can be life affirming and that's what I hope it's done in my life and that's what I hope it will do in the lives of those who come to see this exhibit," said Miller.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during business hours weekdays from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. It goes through April 27th.

By Margaret Stokes, NewsOn6.com anchor/reporter & Chris Howell, Video Journalist.  To see more of their stories, look in our Web Exclusives section.