I was honored to design and illustrate this book cover for my friend, Dena. Her humor and openness shine through in her book, and I tried to make them shine through on the cover.
A month before she was to celebrate her fortieth birthday in Italy, Dena Taylor was diagnosed with breast cancer. In seconds, she is transformed from enthusiastic traveler to frightened patient. Told with grace, candor and inimitable wit, I Don’t Wanna be Pink is the story of a single, independent woman and the tumor that threatens to change her life. With support from a colorful cast of loved ones and her own self-determination, Taylor contends with painful procedures and upsetting encounters with callous insurance reps, well-meaning strangers, and potential lovers. In her darkest moments, she doubts her strength and worthiness of love. Ultimately, she grapples with whether she must join the pink, public march of advocacy or give herself permission to live life undefined by disease.