Thank you note to the Big C

Dear C,

We had a bit of a rocky start.  You began as a diagnosis, not very fun, to say the least.  But I must admit-you grew on me.

Maybe it was the flowers, chocolate, and gifts I received;  that’s one way to a girl’s heart.  I found myself surrounded by loving, caring, and inspiring people. And, I continue to meet many more because of you.

Your ability to challenge me to dig deep, figure out what is important, go a little lighter on myself and value every day is greatly appreciated.

Oh, and I love how you inspire me.  Talk about the über Muse!  That’s you baby!  
The prints, photographs, collages, and more, came pouring out of me- even a book.  Who knew?

This note is long overdue (In fact 8 years (!) this month,) but, with Thanksgiving 3 days away, 
I figured no time like the present to say, thank you.

Gratitude, 2004
Digital Print with Colored Pencil

 And, I am grateful that…

I Still Look Good in Clothes, 2004
Encaustic, collage on wood

Often, the greatest gifts come in the forms of our biggest challenges.

To see more on life’s challenges as a gift watch Stacey Kramer on TED.

What surprising gifts have you found in your personal challenges?


  1. Alyson B. Stanfield
    November 23, 2010

    Wow! That’s powerful, Nanci. What a beautiful post. And so nice to see this work.

    Are you aware of the book on artists who have made art inspired by breast cancer? I’m not sure if they have/had breast cancer or just paid homage. I think it was an exhibit that prompted the book/catalog.

  2. Cynthia Morris
    November 23, 2010

    LOVE the art here, especially Gratitude. Thanks for sharing these.

  3. Nanci Hersh
    November 23, 2010

    Thank you Alyson and Cynthia for sharing your thoughts on this post. I am Grateful that you both are sharing your experience and insight in this amazing Blog Triage class!

  4. Evelyn
    November 23, 2010

    Nanci – amazing how the time has past yet is seems like yesterday. So inspired by you and your beautiful family! xo big hugs

  5. Kathryn
    November 24, 2010

    Such a heartwarming and tender post! It moves me beyond words. Your beautiful imagery complements your sentiments in a profound and inspirational way. Congratulations, and Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Nanci Hersh
    November 24, 2010

    Thank you Kathryn for visiting my blog. Your positive and generous response is greatly appreciated.

    I saw your vessels that you posted in response to your challenging year. They are lyrical and powerful.
    We are truly fortunate that we have our work to help us not only deal with life but transform it.

    Happy Thanksgiving!


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