Today is my stop on the Blogging for Regine tour hosted by Zest Books. I was provided with a review copy by Zest Books but due to time constraints wasn't able to finish it in time to review it today. However I still want to take the time to share a little bit about Regina, and show some of her artwork.
First lets learn about Regine...
Regine Stokke began her blog after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia in 2008. Her goal was to paint a realistic picture of what it is like battling a life-threatening illness—and to share her experience with the world. During the 15 months Regine was sick and to her death she transformed from an average teenage girl, upset that she doesn't have a private hospital room, to a grateful and humble young woman with a deep appreciation for the beauty all around her.
Regine's Book, new from Zest Books, is Regine’s personal story as it was written on her blog and features her own photography and artwork, as well as
comments from blog readers and entries from those who loved her most. The book deals with every facet of living with cancer, from the good days to the bad and everything in between. At an age when Regine's biggest concern should have been what dress she was going to wear to prom, she was worrying about whether or not the wig she wears looks natural and about all the things she may soon be leaving behind.
As an artist myself, I really loved that Regine's photography and poetry was incorporated into the book and that is what I want to focus on today. Regine definitely had a gift when it came to photography that's for sure!
I'm gonna end with a self portrait by Regine and a quote from her book.
"You don't necessarily need a good camera to take good pictures, and you don't really need an expensive editing program either. Creativity is the most important thing"
Zest Books has provided the below prize pack including: a copy of Regine's Book, a bookmark, and a poster to be given to one lucky winner.