On Sept 10, 2010 The Bad News

I went as usual to Northwestern Hospital for my annual  mammogram . I have been having mammograms yearly for 30 years

and always with a good report. So I was surprised to have a message from the hospital that I must come in for a diagnostic mammogram

which I did on Sept 29. This mammogram confirmed I had a small lesion in my right breast and a biopsy was necessary to determine if it

was malignant or benign. That it had all the appearance of cancer My first reaction was denial—followed by intense disappointment.

What would happen to my work in progress? Would I be able to teach—how long would I be away from it?

About Illinois Artist Laureate Kay Smith

After completing my studies at the School of the Art Institute, I worked as an illustrator. As the 1976 Bicentennial approached there was a fever of interest in American history. In 1971, I was asked to illustrate a book on the American Revolutionary War period which required me to travel to historic locations to paint the actual scenes. As my travels crossed and crisscrossed the paths of the patriots, I entered their lives and was forever caught in the inescapable skeins of history and was thrust into the role of historical painter. What began as a single assignment has grown over the past 40-plus years into the largest collection of American historical-site paintings ever created by a single artist. To see these historical works and to learn more about The American Legacy Collection, please visit my website at: www.kaysmithartist.com. The American Legacy Collection is a dramatic panorama of this country's historical places and its defining moments. My original watercolors chronicle 500 years of the American experience and preserve with an artist's palette our American heritage.

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