Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Anyone who has ever traveled down cancer's long and crappy road has spent time in the Land of Confusion. Lots and lots of time.

I stumbled upon a perfect visual depiction of this crazy cancer land, and thought I'd share it.

There is a sweet website called, where artists the world over submit map illustrations of their travels; that's how I discovered this simply awesome drawing, simply entitled "State of Confusion" by artist Deer Prudence from Berlin, Germany.

It is the ideal metaphor for cancer.

After all, who among us hasn't stepped off The Beaten Path, fallen Out of Range, not seen The Woods for the Trees, gotten lost in the Sands of Time, wadded in Fake Lake, crossed the Plain Impossible, visited Villain Village, landed Somewhere Else, swam for our lives in Sea Me, tried in vain to Sea You, felt like an Ugly Fish, nearly drown on Cape Rain, fallen down Cave In, made (or been the butt of) Shallow Jokes or pitched a tent in Underwater City?

We all have. Cancer or no cancer, we can all relate.

Deer Prudence (and They Draw and Travel), you hit a home run with this one! Though you may have intended it to be a guide on how to get lost, you have in fact put into images what so many of us that deal with cancer feel. You are a Source of Inspiration, for sure. Your illustration is plain, pure, unbridled perfection!
(Copyright ©2011


  1. Renn, you're so right. At the surface this map is sweet and worthy of a good chuckle, but now that I look at it from a deeper perspective I'm able to see myself at times wandering around this landscape - thanks Renn.

  2. Nate,
    Precisely! Relatable to all.
    Your website is wonderful, BTW. Always a fun and beautiful respite! Love your recipe site too. (It's in my Kitchen Cupboard favorites.)
    PS Thanks for the FB link!

  3. I love your interpretation of my map and I wish you all the best. This map did more than I hoped for! Thanks for the feedback and this post.

  4. fantastic....thinking of you today...xoxoxo m

  5. I call it the runaway train! I HOPE to hear from you later today, my friend....

    Sending lots of love,

  6. Renn,

    This map really hit home for me. It is so much like the cancer experience, which is indeed a land of confusion.

    Thank you for sharing this.

  7. Renn, thinking of you today. A candle is burning as I write, sending you healing energy and light. I love the map. Maybe I need to enlarge it and put it on my vision board. Maybe then I could navigate through this cancer-land.

    Hoping to hear from you...soon! Lindsey

  8. Thank you, everybody! I will post more later, but surgery yesterday went well although I am in more pain than I expected. (It is more like MX than incision revision that's for sure). I also am dealing with a slight (100 degree) fever, so am going to get plenty of rest today. ;-)

  9. What an amazing drawing that is. It really does illustrate the path that many of us walk at different times through our life.

    I'm so sorry to read that you had so many complications with the surgery. Praying that you are on the road to true recovery now!

  10. Deer Prudence apparently is a die-hard Beatles fan, as I am - this map is a good interpretation of Pepperland.


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