Nina Rake

Last Modified: November 1, 2001

Nina Rake - Mother-Daughter Dresses
Nina Rake
Fort Washington, Pennsylvania

Mother-Daughter Dresses
17 1/2 x 26 inches
Catalog No. 3

I was almost 16 when my mother had her first mastectomy. I regretted that life would never be the same for either of us. Three years later, another surgery followed with various treatments. I said my final good-bye to her the summer I turned 24. She was 56 years old.

I have always wanted matching outfits to wear with my mother -- a popular fad when I was growing up. I was reminded of this when I wore my hospital gown after my first lumpectomy. I wore the "daughter" dress 24 years after my mother's death.

I wasn't surprised when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in my late 40s. Armed with my bag of drawing materials, I went through surgery, radioactive implants and radiation treatments. Three years later, I had to go through the same thing again. I packed for the hospital and, using the same bag for my drawing materials, was once more prepared for another challenge. My art provided a way for me to express myself when words failed.


7 Tips for Giving Smart on #givingtuesday
by Christina Bach, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
November 25, 2015

Related News

Trend Alert: Sunburn 'Art' Growing Presence on Social Media

Jul 17, 2015

Experts warn against the dangers of the increasingly popular practice

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

Frequently Asked Questions