Friday, March 9, 2012

Side Effects - Breast Cancer and Burlesque

By Cyndi Freeman

This week we bring you a very special article from guest writer Cyndi Freeman and illustrator Tammy Stellanova. Cyndi shares her story about being advised by her doctor to have a double mastectomy "as a precaution," and how it inspired her to take up burlesque! 

If you have boobs...or just enjoy them...this story is for you! Below is a sneak preview -- to hear Cyndi's story in its entirety (and to see all of Tammy's awesome accompanying illustrations) go to The Story Collider, which originally published the story, Side Effects.

For the rest of Cyndi's story go to Story Collider. There's even an audio podcast!

Story by Cyndi Freeman. Ms. Freeman is a two-time FringeNYC award-winning performer and playwright. She performs burlesque as Cherry Pitz and is a co-producer of and performer with Hotsy Totsy Burlesque, New York’s only ongoing monthly burlesque soap opera. She is also co-producer of and a performer with monthly burlesque, storytelling, and comedy show And I Am Not Lying. In addition to burlesque, Ms. Freeman is frequent performer of live storytelling in NYC and a recipient of a grand prize playwriting fellowship award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (with collaborator Ellen Groves). Her other credits include HBO, Comedy Central and Showtime Television.

Tammy Stellanova is an illustrator and comic artist who splits her time between the big island of Hawai’i and Berkeley, California. Tammy is the author of a number of self-published comics, as well as an upcoming book featuring her nature illustrations. You can read more about Tammy and see her work at, as well as at, a site that features her illustrated natural history jewelry.

1 comment:

  1. THis is a funny and inspirational link! Thanks!