This project was created as a way for women to take ownership of their breast cancer treatment and “accessories”, namely the “PICC” line and how it is covered. The final project provides a system enabling wearers to work through the emotional journey, in an individual way, to connect with other patients and to begin the acceptance process. It is meant to make women feel they can express their identity through medical objects instead of being limited by them.
The project was created through a partial collaboration between Emily Carr University MED+ class and GF Strong Rehabilitation centre, where students would have access to contacts at GF Strong but would design their own project and get in contact with a co-creator.
I was initially inspired to form my project around breast cancer because of my own personal experiences with the disease. My mother went through the journey of breast cancer and the subsequent treatment in recent years and the experience impacted me greatly.
My goal from the beginning of the project was to focus on creating a non-medical solution to assist women in some way in their journey through breast cancer. I had brainstormed many ideas about where I speculate the gaps in care might be but I needed to further disseminate my knowledge on the subject. In essence, I wanted to offer what the knowledge I had and create something positive and constructive out of my experiences without allowing personal biases to affect the development of the design. To achieve this goal, I needed to get more evidence to really understand the complexities of this journey and ultimately, where the opportunities for the project would lie.