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Posts by Siobhan Hebron


Siobhan Hebron is an interdisciplinary artist in Los Angeles with a B.A. in both Art and Art History from UCLA. Her visual and written work explore the experience of cancer through dialogues of illness, chronic conditions, disability, ableism, and the sick female body. She is also currently pursuing a Patient Advocacy certificate.

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The Impossibilities of Life in the Mind of Someone Healthy

by Siobhan Hebron June 18, 2024

Dear Cancer, 

What do I want to say to you at our ten year anniversary? Like many patients, I still remember when we were introduced in 2014 like I had selective hyperthymesia for that day. At the time I received brain tumor diagnoses of grades I, II, III, and IV, with no member of my medical team able or willing to tell me anything about my prognosis.


The First Rule of Cancer Club

by Siobhan Hebron March 14, 2023

Trigger Warning/Content Warning: cancer, death, recurrence

The first rule of Cancer Club is you DO NOT talk about Recurrence. The second rule of Cancer Club is you DO NOT talk about Hospice!

One of the most delightful characteristics of youth—that you are indestructible (until you’re not)—is one of its greatest risk factors, as well. Cancer is the largest disease killer of adults under forty. […] The numbers are far from insignificant, especially given the social costs of the number of years of life (read, productivity) lost. Yet until about five years ago, virtually no oncological attention was given to this demographic” (1).


Cancer and Weight

by Siobhan Hebron November 12, 2021

I struggled with body image my entire life. My ‘goal’ figure undoubtedly came from cultural standards, growing up during heroin chic’s heyday in the ‘90s. That goal was similarly praised by my white, middle class family, even if that enforcement went mostly unacknowledged by them.


Cancer and Sexuality

by Siobhan Hebron November 1, 2020

Cancer and sexuality are two megawatt topics all on their own. Still when looked at together, the topic is rarely given enough attention, anecdotally speaking. Apparently, I was one of the lucky ones, my oncologists spoke to me about fertility.