Picturing Blood and Kinship

After Eunice San Miguel Recovered From Cancer, She Painted Her Relationship to Her Family and Her Body in a New Way

On the morning of December 9, 2017, I was driving north on the 110 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles when I received a call. It was the doctor I had seen the night before after I noticed bruises appearing in odd places on my body. Hearing the sounds of traffic in the background, she asked if I could pull over. She had some news, she said.

That was the first of many times I felt a tingly feeling of dread all over my body. As I waited for her to call …