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Patient says thanks with artwork
08 February 2017

A grateful patient has created a unique piece of textile art to thank the “brilliant” staff for the care she received for breast cancer.

Elizabeth Taylor created the collage using an old hospital gown, layers of sheer fabric and stitches to show the orange pattern of light that falls on the body while having radiotherapy. It was inspired by a photograph her husband took while she was receiving treatment. Mrs Taylor now hopes the piece will help other patients waiting for an appointment when it goes on display in the Radiotherapy Department.

“Radiotherapy was very frightening to begin with as the machine is so big, but after a time I found it really quite peaceful,” said Mrs Taylor, who lives near Woodbridge. “I hope the artwork conveys that feeling. “I can’t speak highly enough of the treatment I received and think the hospital staff do a brilliant job, and this is my way of saying thank you. As treatment is a big step into the unknown, I also hope the artwork will help other people not to feel as scared.”

Suzanne Isherwood, Radiotherapy service manager, said: “We are really grateful to Elizabeth for this generous donation. We were amazed how she had recreated the photograph. This thought-provoking piece of artwork will go on display in the department, and hopefully it will help other patients.”

This photo shows Elizabeth Taylor (centre), presenting her artwork to Christine Mackenzie, consultant breast radiographer (left) and Lisa Mann, Macmillan radiographer (right).

The donation comes after Mrs Taylor presented the Breast Unit with a piece of her artwork last autumn.