003: Marianne Duquette Cuozzo (artist, mother, three-time cancer survivor)

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Marianne Duquette Cuozzo is an artist, mother, three-time cancer survivor, and most of all, a dreamer! 

Marianne was first diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma at age 28, as a newlywed, and was told that she could never have children. She felt very alone, as this was before the internet, and she knew no one with cancer. Her entire life, including her decorative painting business, was put on hold for treatment, and slowly, as she began to reclaim her life after treatment, she had a Lymphoma recurrence again at age 32.

She was treated with chemotherapy and joined a support group of other young people undergoing cancer treatment at the time. A number of years later, she was given the go-ahead to try to have a child, and her miracle baby, Leonardo, was born. He is now a freshman in college. In 2014, Marianne was diagnosed with breast cancer, a side effect of the mantle radiation she underwent in 1994 as part of her Lymphoma treatment.

She underwent a double mastectomy with reconstruction and chemotherapy, but after six infections, her implants failed and had to be removed. she is currently living flat, and has been a tremendous force for breast cancer advocacy, and for the flat movement in particular, and has found tremendous therapy and blessing in her art. 

In Memoriam - Maggie Van Duyn

Website:  www.marianneduquettecuozzo.com

Facebook: Marianne DuQuette Cuozzo Artist

Instagram: @Marianneduquettecuozzo9128

I Am Whole Documentary

New York Times Article - Going Flat

Breast Cancer Art Project

CBS Sunday Morning - Going Flat

NBC With Joan Lunden - Meet 3 women who decided against breast reconstruction after mastectomies


LymphaDivas HOPE Sleeve, designed by Marianne, to benefit METAvivor and Metastatic Breast Cancer Research