Art Therapy

Humor and Artistry Define Me

When Deborah Dekoff lost her red hair because of cancer treatment, she received many hats from friends and family. Using her sense of humor, she turned these hats into art by taking fun photographs with them.
February 2021 Vol 7 No 1
Deborah Dekoff
Park City, Utah

These photographs are self-portraits. I am a photographer and educator who was struck by breast cancer. Being depressed about all-things cancer, chemo, and losing my signature red hair, friends and family members began to send me hats. I decided to try a few on, and realized the hats had a personality. For the first time since my diagnosis, I laughed, then marched to my studio and began shooting these images.

Cancer would not define me. Humor and artistry would. Make good art.

Share this:

Recommended For You
Art Therapy
Life as Scary Monsters, or Big C & Lil’ c
By Zach Luchetti
I recently was diagnosed with colon cancer. I thought I was sick with COVID-19, then appendicitis, but then I was told it was cancer.
Art Therapy
Finding New Purpose in Painting After Multiple Myeloma Diagnosis
By Peter Smith
Peter Smith painted most of his life, but his paintings gained a new importance and perspective after his multiple myeloma diagnosis.
Art TherapyEsophageal Cancer
Painting Allows Me an Escape After a Cancer Diagnosis
By Larry Taylor
After he was diagnosed with stage III esophageal cancer in 2017, “Art became my love,” says Larry Taylor.
Art Therapy
A Walk on Nature’s Path
By Pattie Dorf
Pattie Dorf created a painting of two people walking through the woods that expresses her feeling that “our life can create the choices we make with illness.”
Last modified: March 2, 2021

Subscribe to CONQUER: the patient voice magazine

Receive timely cancer news & updates, patient stories, and more.