C y n t h i a D u n n i g a n
and M a r y H o l d g r a f e r
The Healing Was in the Stitching :
Stories of Breast Cancer Quilters
Cynthia M. Dunnigan and Mary Sullivan Holdgrafer
The life experiences of women who have used quilting as a means for personal healing following the diagnosis of breast cancer were explored. The topic was approached using life history and feminist methodologies. In addition, there is a group of women who have produced breast cancer quilts without having had breast cancer. The motivations of these women were also investigated. From our research we found both shared and unique experiences among breast cancer quilters.In this paper we examined five themes:
loss of identity,
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This research was designed to explore the life experiences of women who have used quilt making as a means for personal healing following a diagnosis of breast cancer, as well as women who have produced breast cancer quilts without having had breast cancer. From our research we found both shared and unique experiences among the breast cancer quilters.
Cynthia M. Dunnigan, BA, B.A. (Native Studies), M.A. (Anthropology) University of Alberta, has been an instructor for the School of Native Studies at the University of Alberta. She also worked as a research consultant with interests in oral history, women's life histories and Aboriginal issues. She currently works as the Manager of Research for Aboriginal Land Claims in the ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.email: Cynthia.Dunnigan@gov.ab.ca
Mary Sullivan Holdgrafer, M. Ed., Dip. C. is a textile artist, teacher, writer and quilt scholar. Her interests include the use of symbol and metaphor in personal explorations and healing. In addition to her work as an artist, she is a counselor and personal development group leader.
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