This is Tina Kuhr, my very best friend.... from clear back in the fourth grade. We were Girl Scouts together and in most of the same college-prep classes throughout high school. We were disasters at middle school summer tennis camp and took refuge in the library. We hated gym. We were "smart". Our fathers were Slippery Rock University professors. We both graduated early from the college of our choice. Tina went to Carnegie-Mellon in Pittsburgh; their scholarship offer was better than MIT. Tina's REALLY smart...an engineer. The first wedding we were ever in was mine. The second was hers. We are both the mother of two sons.
I signed Tina up to participate in this series before many of the other cancer portraits. Yet, I didn't stitch it right away. I think there was a bit of serendipity involved. The piece morphed into something different than I originally intended. It "speaks" to EVERYONE.... directly! It speaks to me as well.