Radical Objects: ‘Cancer Sucks’

Radical Objects: ‘Cancer Sucks’ by Grazia de Michele, History Workshop Online, July 11, 2016.

Photo Credit: Ken Fisher

Photo Credit: Ken Fisher

In September 1995, Lucy Sherak was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 43. A mother of two, she was an occupational psychologist living in Marin County, California. She had previously worked as a recording engineer and was a trained composer. After a mastectomy, Sherak decided not to have a reconstruction or wear a prosthesis. Instead, she chose to wear a button made out of white metal and bearing the words “Cancer Sucks” stamped in red capitals on her amputated breast. Lucy designed the button herself. She had drawn a sketch in the journal she had started to write after her diagnosis and had a dozen printed in a shop.

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