Osceola County Oncology Nurse Honors Patients With ArtPrize Masterpiece

A cancer nurse working in Osceola county is gaining attention this morning for an incredibly meaningful piece of art she created.

She plans to donate the masterpiece which was on display at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids over the last month.

Amber Jackson has competed in ArtPrize every year.

You’ll never believe what she used in her artwork this year….

“It was kind of cool how it came about,” said Amber.

An oncology nurse of 12 years, Amber came up with this piece of art made using 7,000 medicine bottle caps.

“That was a lot of hot gluing,” Amber laughed.

And not a drip of paint.

“They actually come from the pharmacy with different colors and different sizes so all I had to do was sort them all out and decide what I was gonna do with them,” said Amber.

Looking at the massive masterwork, leaves her patients wondering…

“I thought ya know I wonder how many of those vials were mine that she used,” said her patient, Christine Mund.

Christine’s relationship with her nurse — began in 2015 when Christine got the bad news — breast cancer.

“She does a great job of making it not feel like you’re here because you’re dying,” said Christine. “She puts a twist on it that you’re laughing when you’re here.”

Christine, now cancer-free, still comes in monthly to see amber for shots.

“I’m always inspired by my patients,” said Amber.

They’re the reason behind her ArtPrize submission this year.

The sun moon and trees — in recognition of those who fought the disease and won….

“I was very very honored and it was very humbling…and of course I burst into tears,” said Christine.

And in remembrance of those who lost.

“That’s really where the whole angel came out of is not necessarily beating cancer every time but helping people to accept that their life is theirs and they can live the rest of it how they choose that they can accept where their life is going and have a whole dignified experience with death,” said Amber.

Because, Amber explains, all of her patients are more than merely names on a chart.

“You meet someone and they’re more than your patient and then they’re family,” said Amber.

Amber plans to donate her artwork to the Susan P. Wheatlake regional cancer center where she works now and she’s already thinking about ideas for next year.

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