Nicole & Christine Skibola - Wakeful Night (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 4:00pm

Nicole Skibola was 32 and a lawyer working in the New York start-up world when she received a diagnosis for a rare endometrial cancer.

That surreal moment marked the beginning of a race to save eggs, to operate, and to mourn the loss of her reproductive organs. Echoing the urgency of diagnosis and treatment were the messages from everyone to move on, be grateful, resettle into the person she was "before."

Loss begat losses: her boyfriend left her, her start-up failed, and Nicole found herself in her childhood home, alone, and for the first time was allowed to explore her grief. She joined a group of writers and artists, many of whom were making art that dealt explicitly with grief and loss. It was a revelation. After documenting her own story -- and with some inspiration from The Artist's Way -- Nicole developed a framework that she shares in Wakeful Night. It's built around supporting people, especially those with cancer, to face, feel, and express their own reality by connecting to their inner artist.

Nicole Skibola is a Brooklyn-based writer and artist whose work explores concepts from personal storytelling to modern feminism. In addition to her creative practice, she is the co-founder of Cosmic View, a line of holistic cannabis products with her mother, a former cancer research scientist.

Christine Skibola is a former UC Berkeley professor and a leading international cancer researcher. Christine was a Professor of Epidemiology and an Endowed Chair of Oncology in the Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama, Birmingham until 2016. She is considered an international leader in the molecular epidemiology of lymphoma and is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Emory School of Medicine.  She is the mother of two daughters who both were diagnosed with cancer. Her own family experiences with cancer have given her greater insight and passion for the work that she does.

 

Location: 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
Wakeful Night: A Structured Reflection on Loss and Illumination Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781948340014
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Dottir Press - September 25th, 2018

Nicole Skibola was 32 and a lawyer working in the New York start-up world when she received a diagnosis for a rare endometrial cancer.

That surreal moment marked the beginning of a race to save eggs, to operate, and to mourn the loss of her reproductive organs.