My name is Joyce Grigonis and I am a water gardener. April
11, 2006, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I am currently
undergoing chemotherapy, which will be followed by six weeks
of radiation, then Tamoxifen for five years.
I could not have endured this without the support of my family
and friends, but water gardening has been my ultimate therapy.
After several surgeries, chemo, endless tests and injections,
I always come home, go out to the ponds and get my hands wet.
Water gardening is my sanctuary from cancer. When I am working
in my ponds, I forget about the serious battle I am fighting.
When I heard about WGI's waterlily beauty contest, I wondered
if we could do something for all the people who are in the midst
of a battle like I am, for the survivors, and in memory to those
who lost the brave fight. For everyone, family, friends and ponders,
who support people battling breast cancer.
The people who help me go through all this are invaluable
to me ... I would not be here without them. I have hoped that
someone would name a lily 'Pink Ribbon', to honor and support
those with breast cancer, and for those helping and supporting
loved ones with breast cancer. But most of all, 'Pink Ribbon'
can help spread the word about breast cancer.
Breast cancer awareness is important because anyone can get breast
cancer, men as well as women. Nymphaea 'Pink Ribbon' is
an opportunity to spread the word in a most beautiful, unforgettable
Joyce Grigonis, Peconic, New York, is an artist, photographer
and landscape designer, especially of garden ponds. With husband
Bill and daughter Jamie she lives in a farmhouse at the rural
eastern end of Long Island.