Learn how Jane Goldman had turned cancer into artistic inspiration.
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Jill Eikenberry: With the stroke of a brush loaded with thick, glistening, colorful oils Jane Goldman creates beauty as she paints pictures of hope. Jane Goldman: Today is a good day they vary everyday is different depending on whether on I’m on chemo or off chemo or what medications I’m taking but today is a good day. Jill Eikenberry: Breast cancer was the farthest thing from Jane’s mind when she discovered a lump but it turned up to be a malignant tumor. Jane Goldman: Yes, boom the world fell in. Jill Eikenberry: Surgery was immediately scheduled and followed by chemotherapy. Jane Goldman: It’s really hard to get up in the morning sometimes you know and yet I’m grateful for everyday. Jill Eikenberry: Now several years later living with breast cancer has become a day in and day out journey for Jane with its challenges and sometimes even its rewards. Jane Goldman: I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998 and had mastectomy and people sent me flowers as I was recovering and what they didn’t know is that I was allergic to flowers and so they make sneeze. Jill Eikenberry: Her husband put the beautiful bouquets out on the porch where Jane could admire them through the window and the vision blossomed. Jane Goldman: I find myself wanting paint flowers and it developed into this whole series I called “Power Flowers”. When I first started doing these Power Flower paintings I started out doing single blooms. Jill Eikenberry: The Power Flower series exploded soon art exhibits were selling out. Jane Goldman: The flowers I feel have some of that joy and some of that love that was on the flowers that were given to me. Jill Eikenberry: Since her diagnosis in 1998 the cancer has retreated for a while. Reappearing just when things seem to be stabilizing, it spread to her — Jane Goldman: Bones and the liver and then brain the last fall. Jill Eikenberry: That’s called for more surgery and more chemo, and again just a few weeks ago another setback. Jane Goldman: In my last scan they discovered some more spots on the ribs and so wait a minute this is not supposed to be happening. I was devastated. I was just devastated because I thought I was done. I thought maybe this is all over with. Jill Eikenberry: Jane’s back on chemo so many months again the strength and courage that has seen her through so far. Jane Goldman: Fairly, she keeps saying, “You know, you have to keep looking at the good things otherwise you just stay in that hall and that’s not a very good place to be.” At one point because my bones were damaged I couldn’t really handle the big canvases anymore so I started doing jewelry because that was very accessible and I was of like painting with stones. Jill Eikenberry: Just 12 when her mother was diagnosed, daughter Jessica remains a big part of Jane’s support system. Jane Goldman: I think she have to grow up pretty quickly I mean starting at 12 and just spend your teen years you know wondering how your mother is going to be for day-to-day, week-to-week, month-to-month, year-to-year she’s going to be around what’s going on it’s a very, very difficult thing. Jill Eikenberry: Jessica is getting ready for college but instead of heading to the east coast as originally planned she’s decided to stay closer to home and her mother. Jane Goldman: She’s learned tremendous amounts about fighting and about appreciating everyday. She’s just a real complete human being. She’s very compassionate and very caring and she’s going to carry that with her whole life and I think everybody who encounter’s her will be better for it. This one I called “Cathy’s Roses” and it’s about some flowers that again a friend gave me most recently when I had a brain tumor she gave me a huge bouquet of flowers and it was so inspiring that I had to have a big canvass to get the whole thing in. Looking at the flower, looking at a beautiful sunny day feeling the breeze in your face and a lot of us don’t stop to take the time to do that and if anything this whole experienc