MiraCosta prof exposes students to the realities of the disease
Krista Warren doesn’t wear pink ribbons, hasn’t gone on a fund-raising walk and hates the exploitation of breast cancer by corporations using it as a marketing opportunity.
But as this October rolled around, the president of the MiraCosta College Teachers Association took a bold and personal action regarding breast cancer awareness when she chose to pose for life drawing students, exposing the physical scars of a woman who has undergone a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction.
Warren sat patiently and deliberatively with a sheet wrapped around her lower body as she posed for two noncredit art classes offered through the San Diego college at the El Corazon Senior Center in Oceanside. The adult students sat in a semicircle around the model, quietly sketching her in both black and white and water colors, and carefully observing the noticeable scars geometrically etched through the center of each breast.
“It was very emotional and something I never would have done if I hadn’t gone through breast cancer,” Warren said. “But somehow, I didn’t have a problem posing with my scars.”
During the breaks, the art students told her they had no idea what she had gone through and what it means to survive. For Warren, a mother of three children and part-time special education instructor at MiraCosta, the experience was both a teaching and a life-affirming experience.
“I don’t have any feeling in my breasts. They are gone. But I’m alive,” she said.