Michele Szoka

Last Modified: November 1, 2001

Michele Szoka - Ella
Michele Szoka
Bangor, Pennsylvania

Silver print
11 x 14 inches
Catalog No. 46

Ella Koch was my first experience with someone I loved who had cancer. Since Ella lived alone, with no family to aid her, I would help her with shopping and health needs, and I arranged for a visiting nurse to come and bathe Ella with me.

I loved Ella as if she were my grandmother. I knew she had skin cancer, but was comfortable with the fact that it was a part of her existence. Photographing her was important then, but, it's more so now that she is gone. The print Ella portrays her as she was -- alone in a big house, sitting in her chair and looking out the picture window. It makes me smile whenever I look at this print -- it's Ella. Ella, my dear friend, died at age 93.


Breaking news: Supreme Court votes to uphold Affordable Care Act Subsidies
by Christina Bach, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
June 26, 2015

Related News

Creative Arts Therapies Up Mental Health for Cancer Patients

May 14, 2013

Review shows significant reductions in anxiety, depression, pain; improved QoL during treatment

Despite cART, Anal Cancer Risk Still High for HIV-Infected

Dec 14, 2012

High incidence compared to general population, especially for men who have sex with men

Chemotherapy's Heart Complications Explored

Jul 7, 2015

State-of-the-art paper details their incidence, pathogenesis, diagnosis and management

Frequently Asked Questions