Chest 87; Shine a Light

12 Sep

Chest 87; Shine a Light

Lung cancer commonly affects smokers but as smoking has declined the relative proportion of non-smokers has increased. Survival has improved over the last two decades, but remains low – only 13 out of 100 people with lung cancer survive five years beyond their diagnosis.

Unfortunately at times living with a big diagnosis such as this it can be overwhelming. Constantly thinking and being reminded of it interferes with the joy of living. When looking at this image I am reminded that 100% of humans have a terminal condition called life. We are short term visitors in this world. For this reason it is important to focus on the present moment, on what’s happening right now, the things to look forward to, and things we have for which we can be grateful today; good advice for all of us. The future will take care of itself if we focus on right now. Make the most of this moment. Take one day at a time.

Today’s post is a combination of a forest and a chest X-ray of a lady with lung cancer that caused collapse of the left upper lobe. The two lungs can be seen through the trees, on the normal side the blackness of the air allows the forest to shine through, and the abnormal side masks the deep red colour behind. I was raised on a copper mining town where lung cancer amongst the miners was rife. The lower part of the image shows a green oxide-like a corroded copper plate that begins to obscure the picture.

6 Responses to “Chest 87; Shine a Light”

  1. Green Cathedral of South Africa September 12, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

    I call this a ‘metamorphoto’. Smokers: don’t read the text …. Thanks for the ‘insight’ Tony!

  2. Anita C. Miller September 13, 2013 at 1:37 am #

    I like your philosophy of life, Tony. If I had a terminal diagnosis, I probably would not come out of the studio… it’s the one time I really feel “in the moment”. Recently, I heard of a possible new test for lung cancer that identifies a marker for it in our breath. Maybe early diagnosis would be the key to beating this horrible disease. Interesting post and powerful image.

    • Xraypics September 13, 2013 at 11:49 am #

      Thanks Anita. I wish i could live up to my philosophy. Maybe by talking about it more something will become ingrained. I do know that my art helps to diffuse some of the tension on my soul. Yes, I’d also heard about a screening breath test for lung cancer but don;t know much about it. Perhaps I’ll blog about it sometime. Thanks for your comment. Tony


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