daughter of cancer

Susan G. Kim

daughter of cancer is a project that i began working on last winter while my mother was sick with both liver and lung cancer. i began the journal in order to deal with the fear, the anxiety, and the turmoil i was going through while my mother was receiving homeopathic treatments. this was not the first time that my mother had cancer, she also had stomach cancer when i was five years old. because my family has such a long history with the battle against cancer, i feel that i myself have become a daughter of the disease. since then, my mother has passed away. words cannot describe the grief and the loss, and i did not think that i was ready to examine my feelings too closely. in trying to deal with all the emotions, i made the movie mourning as a way of visualizing the grieving process. it is based on a poem i wrote in the aftermath of the loss of my mother.