Stephanie Gil­man dis­cov­ers the beauty in quiet, un­ob­served mo­ments.

ELLE (Canada) - - Body -

For this il­lus­tra­tion, I use a photo of my­self that was taken a cou­ple of weeks after I was di­ag­nosed with can­cer and a few weeks be­fore my dou­ble mas­tec­tomy and all of my treat­ment be­gan. It looks to be just a sim­ple selfie, like any other, but star­ing at the im­age brings forth a rush of emo­tions. Although the photo shows a smil­ing, healthy, happy ap­pear­ance, on the inside I was a com­plete mess, filled with anx­i­ety and dread over what was to come. As I sketch the photo, I pay close at­ten­tion to the long hair, the lashes and the eye­brows—all things I have lost. Draw­ing this pic­ture is an act of re­mem­ber­ing and nostal­gia for the “me” who ex­isted in my pre-can­cer life.

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