I came to Florida to check in on Don, my step-dad. He and my mom got divorced about 12 years ago after 23 years of marriage. Don has developed a brain tumor--a glioblastoma. He is receiving chemo and radiation right now. His girlfriend, Marty, is also suffering from cancer--cancer of the throat. She has beaten it back several times already. I really wanted to meet her, so I decided to go down there and check things out. This isn't really a blog about my life, so I'll just be posting the sketches I took with a few captions. Suffice it to say, it was a tough trip.
|A sketch of what Don's tumor might look like. It is not encapsulated and cannot be operated on.|
|During the treatments, I would take short walks in the neighborhood behind the center. Oak trees are my favorite part of Florida.|
|Some attempts at trying to sketch just the mask.|
|Don watching TV.|