Finally, I’m beginning to feel normal. I’m regaining energy and have spent the past 2.5 weeks traveling to Florida and NYC for a much-needed vacation. No doctor appointments!! For the first time in 10 months I am not stressed out trying to work in the studio and manage my health. I’ve tried to let my mind rest. Not an easy thing to do. Although my breasts still hurt and I have to sleep with pillows on either side of me, they are much more comfortable than the expander period. MUCH better. I’m still dealing with cording in the arm where we removed the lymph nodes http://www.breastcancer.org/treatment/side_effects/aws and have to wear the compression sleeve and glove. I am improving and have not had problems with lymphedema swelling my hand. Yippee!! Although the rest of the project will continue, I will stop posting the self portraits soon. I will continue to take them weekly, however. They may be used in the final gallery show or book where all of the self portraits are shown together as one piece (or as a video), and I want at least a full year of images to show the transformation.