yoko tanaka

I amputated my leg at the age of 4 because of a complicated condition called Mixed Vascular Malformation. by yoko tanaka

I amputated my leg at the age of 4 because of a complicated condition called Mixed Vascular Malformation. I was in and out of the hospital/surgery until my late 20s. Since I was very little, I not only suffered from this condition, but also struggled with the difference in my body and the many things that I cannot do.   This condition cannot be completely cured, and it was obvious that my legs were not growing back, so I have no choice but to deal with this body for the rest of my life. However, when I saw all the children and family fighting the serious condition, and some not making it, I told myself that my struggles cannot be compared to them. Like so, I had a habit of putting a lid on my emotions. Growing up with such an environment, it was natural for me to think about life.  Even though I have had many sad and hard experiences, I believe that through this, I have felt that “nutrition of the mind and body is important” to live and make the most out of life.  Since I was little, art has been the nutrition for my mind and heart. When my body and mind suffered, I encountered the artworks… Read More »I amputated my leg at the age of 4 because of a complicated condition called Mixed Vascular Malformation. by yoko tanaka