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My Chemo Journey: A stress-free map... so you don't have to.

1. Why am I making this map? 

Over the next 18 weeks I will be attending an Edinburgh hospital for chemotherapy treatment. The couple of pre-chemo visits I have been on, on top of all the medical information I've had to process, have been like an emotional rollercoster ride in a maze of unknown buildings. "Go to blah blah building for CT Scan, then up to Ward 1 in building yadayada for this and that test..." I had to find my own way, luckily enough I had made sure I had a map of some sort with me, it wasn't that good and found myself just guessing routes, luckily my sense of direction is good. 

I enrolled on this course to have something to focus on during treatment. I've always been facinated with maps and other types of visual communication. I have had a few other ideas for creating maps over the past year or two but have never done anything about it.  I hope this course will inspire me to continue with these ideas that I've been putting off.  

2, Why am I the expert to create this map? 

I have no expertise in design or creating visuals, but I will be experiencing the journey first hand: emotionally and physically. Hopefully I can produce a simple, fun, stress-free map.

3. Who is my target audience?

First of all this is a project for me, if all goes well I think it could be used by patients, friends and family using the cancer centre at the hospital and the various charities that provide services in and around the hospital.

4. Do I want my final project to be printed or digital?

I like the idea of working with paper and other materials, folding and cutting, big and small, something tangible and interesting to look at, making the task of finding your way more pleasurable.

5. What level of detail do I need to include?

As well as those stated, I'd like to add little pieces of text; helpful tips, info on what happens at each location on the map, spaces for writing i.e. "people I have met" etc.

6. Dear class, I need your help/expertise/guidance on how to.....

...actually, I just want to be inspired.  I hope you are all up for it! 

 

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