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Masked Warrioress

Photo taken by Dee, who is currently in the hospital undergoing E.C.T. aka “shock therapy” for the treatment of depression and bipolar, hence the fashionable paper bracelet.

About this photo: I am not supposed to take photos here in the hospital, but managed to sneak this one in. The mask partly speaks for itself. I feel trapped behind it, struggling to come out from beneath it’s heavy weight.

The mask has since been covered with tissue paper, words, and feathers as part of art therapy group. It now says “peace of mind 24/7” over “depression.” An attempt to look ahead in a brighter and more positive way. Here’s hoping…

5 comments on “Masked Warrioress

  1. Mary MacGowan
    June 17, 2012

    This is wonderful. You were brave to go ahead and send this. I like the mask both ways!


  2. jmgoyder
    June 17, 2012

    This is quite chilling and effective. Good luck with your treatment.


  3. Emily
    June 18, 2012

    We’re all with you. You can do it! Great images.


  4. Leah Givens
    June 20, 2012

    It will get better. Don’t give up!


  5. Syncopated Eyeball
    April 9, 2013

    Missed this previously.I love that first image.


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