Posted tagged ‘chemo’

Iris

10 November, 2018

Colour therapy is really important when you’re going through chemotherapy.
The treatment makes you feel so tired and grey. I began to identify with how zombies must feel! So I tried drawing and painting in order to concentrate on colour. This helped to focus my mind on something other than how I was feeling. Vibrant colours really helped me to feel a little bit alive …

When I was recovering, I found Elisa Choi Ang’s workshops over at SkillShare really inspiring and helpful. Sign up and try them out for yourself!

© Freya Pickard 2018
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Something Positive

2 May, 2017

If you’ve been following my blog for the last few years, you’ll know that in 2014 I was diagnosed with bowel cancer and spent 11 months off work, enduring surgery, including a colostomy and a hysterectomy, as well as chemotherapy before I was able to start the road to recovery.

One of the many things that kept me going during this time, was writing. Not that I could write much immediately after surgery or whilst going through chemo. But writing something about my pain or situation every day, enabled me to embrace the darkest time of my life. These writings developed into my first poetry collection.

Insides takes you not only inside my mind as I come to terms with everything that is happening to me, but it also takes you inside my body as parts are removed and then invaded by the synthetic poisons of chemotherapy.

This is not a dirge. This is a triumphant song to overcoming the darkest fear in the world. If you are currently going through the procedure of cancer; surgery/chemo/check-ups/recovery, you may find this collection inspiring. If you have no experience of cancer at all, this collection may enable you to understand the suffering of others.

This collection has now been reduced to just £1.60 / $2.00 at most online stores. The video about Insides can be found at YouTube.

© Freya Pickard 2017

Insides …

19 December, 2016

In 2014 Freya Pickard was diagnosed with bowel cancer. Insides is the inner journey, charting her progress through colostomy, removal of the tumour and chemotherapy. Dealing with the dark matter of cancer and facing death three times in six months, this collection is a positive affirmation of hope and life.

To tell the tale of her darkest nightmare, Freya uses blank verse, haiku, tanka, cinquain, elfje, lantune and her very own freyan verse. The poetry ebbs and flows from despair and fear to determination and sheer grit to get her through to a stage of recovery. But, as she finds and expresses through her journal notes which find their way into short form poems, recovery happens in many stages and isn’t as immediate as she hopes.

This collection will bring comfort and renewed determination to anyone dealing with a life-threatening illness. And, it is hoped, that those on the edges, watching from afar, will be enabled to identify more with the sufferers of cancer.

Watch the video about it at here

Available at Amazon UK and Amazon US

Currently available only as an e-book, a paperback version will be released in 2017.

In an “outside of myself” sort of way, I was quite interested in my initial reaction to Freya’s poetry. During my first read-through I was shocked, even repulsed, by the subject matter – but I think that just goes to show the power of the way it was written. On a second reading I was aware of feeling both sympathy for the writer but also a morbid curiosity – colostomy is not something that’s talked about much, so I wanted to understand it more and also to explore my own horror at medical procedures (I’m terrified of hospitals and having procedures carried out on me by relative strangers). It took me a third read-through to break through the social taboo of discussing the most basic of body functions and really begin to appreciate each poem separately, rather than as a whole collection. J Poulter

These poems gave me a glimpse of Freya’s suffering yet she is filled with hope. The poems are all very special, treasures to be kept and shared with others. E Choi

Irate Ocean was so exquisitely expressed. I felt this was Freya feeling positive and appreciating the wonders of nature, breathing it in and her senses absorbing every particle with heightened sensitivity. S Evans

I love the themes of nature and the seasons within Freya’s poetry. C Sergienko

Eggshell

19 October, 2016
eggshell thin fragile
touch me and I will shatter
empty, blank inside
haiku © Freya Pickard 2016
This haiku appears in my first poetry collection Insides and is a description of how I felt during recovery.
You may also like to watch the video I’ve created for this release at YouTube.
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Twisted

18 October, 2016
twisted like wire
old, gnarled, convoluted roots;
this is how I feel
haiku © Freya Pickard 2016
This haiku appears in my first poetry collection Insides and is a description of how I felt during chemotherapy.
You may also like to watch the video I’ve created for this release at YouTube.
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taking a break…

13 March, 2015
Thank you for reading my clippings about “Being”. The chemo tiredness is cumulative so I will be taking a break from Clippings for a few weeks. I will be back on 20th March blogging at Pure Haiku where I and my guest haiku writers will be exploring the theme of Music…
© Freya Pickard 2015

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