Knowing that I tend to push the boundaries on acceptable representations of the ill in society, the dean just sent me the following link about a young woman with stage 4 breast cancer photographed in Paris:
Thirty-five-year-old Jill Brzezinski-Conley from Kentucky possesses the beauty of many young women her age. I wonder if someone lacking information about her prognosis would suspect that she is living with terminal disease. The face she puts on cancer reminds me of medical sociologist Arthur Frank’s contention that illness–manifested in the body and the identity of the individual–isn’t simply an interruption or departure from the more worthy world of the healthy.
Illness is as much a part of living as any other experience.