Breast Cancer Survivor Raises Awareness Through Art
Bettina Hubby was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer in January 2014. According to New York Magazine, she didn’t want to be treated differently in her community or by family and friends, so she decided to take a different approach to how she would view her own treatment.
Hubby underwent a mastectomy in April, but before she did she created the Facebook event “Thanks for the Mammaries.” She wanted her friends and family to be able to send her pictures, jokes and well-wishes via the social networking platform. According to the source, not only did she find words of encouragement from friends and family, but hundreds of other messages full of boob jokes and support were waiting for her in her inbox. In addition to the messages, Hubby also received photos that looked like breasts hiding in plain sight at places such as Home Depot and on everyday foods.
“It dawned on me quite quickly that the way to go was to announce it, and not to be private about it, and not to be afraid of what people saw, or any kind of judgment,” Hubby told the source. “It actually became even more clear that it would help other people if I approached it with some kind of humor.”
Following her recovery, Hubby encouraged artists from all over the U.S. to contribute boob-themed art that she then used to contribute to her art show “Thanks for the Mammaries,” which will be held at a Los Angeles gallery through August 17 and features more than 100 pieces of work.