Medical Panoramas

Medical Panoramas

In 2007 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I have been cancer free since 2008. However, I am still in treatment and go to a lot of doctor’s appointments. While I wait to see the doctor I take photographs.

 A camera is now in the hands of everyone with a cell phone. It is always available, even when wearing only a hospital gown.

A camera is now in the hands of everyone with a cell phone. It is always available, even when wearing only a hospital gown.

  I sometimes spend as long as two hours waiting in an exam room to be seen by a doctor.

I sometimes spend as long as two hours waiting in an exam room to be seen by a doctor.

  The phlebotomist did not know that I took her picture, but she took my blood.

The phlebotomist did not know that I took her picture, but she took my blood.

  Hallways to rooms that are all somewhat similar, an endless medical maze through hospital corridors.

Hallways to rooms that are all somewhat similar, an endless medical maze through hospital corridors.

  I see a dermatologist yearly because having had breast cancer raises the odds for developing skin cancer.

I see a dermatologist yearly because having had breast cancer raises the odds for developing skin cancer.

  Acupuncture room where I received treatment to ease the side effects of other treatments.

Acupuncture room where I received treatment to ease the side effects of other treatments.

  I see my surgeon, my oncologist and my radiologist twice a year.

I see my surgeon, my oncologist and my radiologist twice a year.

  My relationship with these doctors will continue for my entire life.

My relationship with these doctors will continue for my entire life.

  My primary care doctor handles everything medical that is not cancer related.

My primary care doctor handles everything medical that is not cancer related.

  The dreaded mammogram machine. All women, please have yearly mammograms starting at age forty. I am living proof that early detection is the best chance for survival.

The dreaded mammogram machine. All women, please have yearly mammograms starting at age forty. I am living proof that early detection is the best chance for survival.