Teenager’s art portrays her life with ‘65 roses’

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A TEENAGER who suffers from cystic fibrosis has created a special piece of art work that symbolises her life with the disease.

Lucy Gooch, 15, created a unique piece for her GCSE art project entitled 65 Roses – the name given to cystic fibrosis by small children who cannot pronounce the real name.

The piece, created for her art course at Stowmarket High School – under the theme of I, Me, Mine – has recently been on display at the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts.

It features an arrangement of 65 medicine bottles – of which Lucy uses two a day to take her long-term inhaled antibiotics to help slow down the rate of lung damage – with a small rose inside each one. The rose has become the symbol for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Lucy, from Great Finborough, has arranged the 65 bottles and 65 roses over a Gooch family photograph featuring her as a baby.

Sally Gooch, Lucy’s mother, said: “At that time she was very sick and it is only in the last couple of years she has enjoyed relative good health as a result of her focus on staying well through exercise, good diet, compliance with her daily grind of treatment and avoiding infection. Long may it last.”

Lucy was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at 23 weeks old and is today under the care of the cystic fibrosis unit at Ipswich Hospital.

After her popular art project, Lucy raised more than £680 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust by organising a non-uniform day at her school.

Lucy explained her art idea: “The art topic was everything to do with yourself and since cystic fibrosis is such a big part of my life I decided to do it on that.”

Lucy hopes to go to university and work for the NHS when she is older.

Cystic fibrosis is a common life-threatening inherited disease which clogs internal organs, especially the lungs and the digestive system, with a thick sticky mucus and makes it difficult to breathe and digest food.

There is currently no cure.

In Suffolk, 84 people live their every day lives with cystic fibrosis – and Lucy’s art work has given a special insight into what it is really like.

For more information go to www.cftrust.org.uk