I survived with only 28 stitches and the loss of feeling in my right ear. But the physical scars healed much faster than those on the inside. . . . Through interviews with my family, I began to dissect many of these feelings I had long suppressed because I felt I should be over them by now. We discussed my cancer from their point of view, but also great grandmothers and distant cousins who had cancer as well. From the interviews, I began to work with photographs to explore the healing process by directly confronting my biggest anxieties. This is an ongoing process that does not end when this project does. But bit by bit, it begins to hurt a little less and the anxiety slowly subsides to a faint throb. [From introductory section]
Thesis; [FULL-TEXT RESTRICTED TO WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY LOGIN]Ellen M. Kanzinger is a member of the Class of 2018 of Washington and Lee University.