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Cancer survivors support each other through art class

Margie Sandoval holds up a painting (Source: KWES). Margie Sandoval holds up a painting (Source: KWES).
ODESSA, TX (KWES) -

An art class put together by Medical Center Hospital is helping female cancer survivors join together to support each other. It's been around for years, but the class is more than painting.

Laughter, art, and stories of survival.

"It's very relaxing. We get to talk to all of our friends here that have had cancer," said Margie Sandoval, a cancer survivor.

"I love these people and we are all blessed to be together," said Micaela Gonzalez, a five year survivor.

Women of all walks of life, come together with one thing in common: they have all had cancer or are currently battling it.

"It's not just about painting. It's about getting with people who are suffering through the same things you are," said art instructor, Raven Green.

The painting is just a way to relax but these women talk about what they went through.

Some are 20-year cancer survivors. Others like Sandoval have battled the disease continuously.

"I've had breast cancer, cervical cancer and I've had cancer six times," said Sandoval.

Sandoval got her first diagnosis in 1977 and began taking art classes 10 years ago with other survivors.

"It's helped me to just not think of all that I've gone through because everybody has gone through about the same thing," said Sandoval.

These life-long friendships are built through hardship.

"I feel very fortunate to have them all to be our friends to help one another," said Sandoval.

The class is held every first Friday of the month at Hope House in Odessa. Hope House is located at 700 W. 1st St. in Odessa. You don't to sign up to attend.

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