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Mary (Betsy): Into the Light

Medium: Watercolor
I am like this flower, opening to the light and warmth created by the wonderful people in this special Healing Through Art program.

About the artist
Mary was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and underwent a lumpectomy, lymph node surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and daily medication. She had almost reached that magic five-year survivor marker when the breast cancer returned.

Getting through the second occurrence has been difficult for Mary. The Healing Through Art program has been a source of comfort. She becomes both lost and focused while painting, surrounded by others whose lives have also been forever altered by cancer. The group communicates with laughter, supportive words, and sometimes tears. For Mary, there is nothing comparable to this form of sharing while immersed in the creative process.