Breast cancer is the second most frequent cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer. However, since 1989, the number of women dying from breast cancer has declined steadily thanks to early detection and improvements in treatments.Each year more than 27,000 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in Spain.When the treatment ends, we hope that life will return to the way it was before receiving a cancer diagnosis.But recovery can take a long time. The scars remain permanent in the body, you can not do some things that were previously done easily and can even be emotional after effects of all these experiences.It really changes our lives, and one of the things that creates more uncertainty after treatment is not knowing what is next.People who have experienced these events describe the first months as a period of change. It is not so much about returning to normal, but rather about knowing that it is normal now.
Some comment that life has a new meaning or that they now see things in a different way. Coping with all these concerns can be a challenge.In turn, before returning to the daily routine, a follow-up plan is imposed, in which regular medical examinations are implemented, which are normally different for each person and type of cancer. Therefore, in the end not everything returns to the previous normality, but to a relative normality that allows everyone to return to a situation of tranquility. Very important for the patient’s rest.
This relative tranquility and the concept that life follows, we want to represent through the metaphor of a flower, the rose. There are many ways of writing on the skin, we are marked by time, we have scars, surgical operations, wounds, tattoos .., marks on our body that mark us for life.Understanding the body as a cultural text and material support in which a story is expressed, expressing identity in very specific terms, expressing itself without the need for speech. The marked body is only a body with a history. With a story that counts for those who want to read it, for those who can understand it. As literature takes care of form and content, as well as who is going to read it, the dried rose with its technological petal is the reading of that marked body.