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Reimagining Cancer through Painting: An Arts-based Authoethnography

Abstract

We interweave arts-based inquiry, painting, and autoethnography, to critically examine one researcher's fearful narratives around cancer, death, dying, and family myths. These methods give us the distance to deconstruct Christine's past schema in order to take away its powerful influence on her life. This destabilized illness narrative leads to a transformational narrative of peace. Arts-based inquiry invites the viewer/reader to engage in similar acts of deconstruction and transformation.

Keywords

arts-based inquiry, auto-ethnography, death and dying, transformation

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