Alison: No Evidence of Disease (NED)

Medium: Acrylic
My painting expresses joy—for the kindness of my neighbors who gave me a lovely floral bouquet to celebrate the NED news, of painting again after more than a year, of connecting with other cancer survivors, and of being alive.

About the artist
Alison was born in England and moved to Canada at age 9. After graduating with a master's degree in Computer Science, specializing in Artificial Intelligence, she worked for many years in Silicon Valley. In 2000, Alison semi-retired to Hawaii, met her husband, and started a family. She took her first painting class in 2003.

In January 2014, Alison was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Her journey involved treating a disease that mutated to a form that was resistant to chemotherapy, and spread to her lungs. She was treated at the Queen's Cancer Center and at the City of Hope (a leading research and treatment center for cancer in California) where she underwent a stem cell transplant. In February 2015, her PET scan showed No Evidence of Disease (NED); receiving this news, she celebrated with other cancer survivors, many of whom she met at the Healing Through Art program.