Pain: The Great Equalizer

Cancer reduces you to your bottom denominator and this is where the rubber meets the road. Pain doesn’t show up on x-rays or blood tests so the medical community uses a pain measurement scale probably conceived by a twenty-something engineer in 1685, who never experienced anything worse than a hang-nail. You are given a form to fill out with questions like: “On a scale of one to ten, how bad is this pain?” You try to remain calm as you visualize inserting the form, pencil, and clipboard into the left nostril of your medical technician. The experienced patient, however, knows this action could delay treatment and has perfected the art of self-control. You gently explain that you aborted

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Fran Di Giacomo

Striving to establish her career in oil painting, Fran Di Giacomo found herself most excited by the methods and concepts of the Dutch masters.  “I focused on seeking out living masters to study with.  Perfecting the drama of light, shadow, and mystery has been a constant theme.  Fad and fashion will ebb and flow, but classical realism is endless and enduring.”  Her paintings are represented by galleries in several states, and are in demand for their lush colors and dramatic lighting.


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