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Moselle Palmer, 60, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and Art Therapy Program Patient

Diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2011 at the age of 60, Moselle Palmer has found that art and the Georgia Cancer Center have helped her in many ways.

In college, Moselle took a couple of art classes with her aunt and soon realized she preferred to sketch alone. When the Cancer Center and the Art Department at Augusta University started the Art program in February 2013, Moselle hadn’t drawn in fifteen years. Nevertheless, she inquired about the program, and began working with art student Heather Romig.

After they talked, Heather asked Moselle if she could remember something of her early childhood, and draw it. At a recent exhibition of patient work at the Morris Museum of Art, Moselle proudly pieces that included a flower, a boat, a doodle, a heart and a smoking snail. She calls her Cancer Center art experience with Heather “fabulous”, noting that the therapy has made her much more confident.

“That program teaches me how to live on life’s terms,” she says. “It’s fantastic and it does make me feel better about myself because I can see there’s some growth I didn’t know was there.”

Heather was one among many, Moselle says.

“It’s the most amazing team of people, who work all together as a whole network,” she says. “I can’t say enough good things about them.”

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