Dr. Yael Simons
Social Media: @YaelSimonsMD, @yaelsimons
Artist Statement: I feel very fortunate every day for the opportunity being an oncologist provides, bearing witness to extraordinary individuals with the most intimate glimpses into their lives. I have always tried to incorporate my creativity into my practice of medicine, understanding the emotive power of art. In first meeting my inspiration Leah, I was in awe of her strength and openness in sharing her journey. She explained that tennis has been an integral part of her life and ironically led to the discovery of her diagnosis. Nevertheless, it remains a source of joy to her, and therefore, I knew it needed to be incorporated in my work.
The flowers on the racket represent renewal and rebirth, Leah’s view of this experience as an opportunity for new beginnings, a new career trajectory, and a new outlook on the next stages of her life. The bouquet is rooted in the racket, representing her friends and family who have supported her in this journey.