A local art teacher diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year has found strength and support from a slew of local artists and people she didn’t even know.Medford resident Tika Nicole Weeks, owner of Visions of Wonderland art studio, began battling breast cancer in May. The 42-year-old is finishing a 16-session round of chemotherapy, and she says donations and well wishes from total strangers and fellow art enthusiasts have helped her through the ups and downs of treatment.
Weeks, an art teacher for 15 years, opened a mobile art studio just over a year ago. She organizes private painting parties in local homes, businesses and other venues. She provides art supplies and a pop-up art studio, and people hire her for birthdays, holidays, fundraisers, retreats and all types of celebrations.
When Weeks found a lump in her breast last year, she was so busy focusing on her new venture that she initially put off seeing her doctor, until a friend was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“I had found a couple lumps three years ago, and at first I didn’t rush in because last time they were cysts,” she said. “But when my friend was diagnosed that same month, I felt like I really needed to go ahead and go. I was diagnosed in early May with breast cancer, and 40 days later I went in for a double mastectomy.”