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Cancer Survivor's Art Helps Other Patients

Sounds of New Orleans fills the Tyler Artspirit Studio where Linda Wheat is working on a new masterpiece.  A mural, reminiscent of a Louisiana bayou- is her latest effort to transform the look of healthcare.

"It's a hospital. You know, very cold, clinical. You know, not a place you want to hang out," says Linda.

She should know better than anyone. In 1996, the single mother of three young girls was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

Linda says, "There's a moment where the fear hits you, a real fear, and that comes and goes throughout the entire thing."

The artist spent the better part of the next year in and out of hospitals, often just staring up at the white acoustic ceiling tiles.

"I've heard of people counting the holes. I didn't do that, but I was imagining that it could be something better," says Linda.

After going into remission, she wanted to change things. Her first project was called 'Healing Ceilings.'  They are acoustic tiles painted like the sky which can now be found in hospitals from California to Louisiana.

"It changes the atmosphere in the room so markedly. It just feels like there is some nature; some connection," says Linda.

On Sunday, she's taking her latest mural to the imaging wing at a Louisiana hospital. It's one of many she's worked on.   She says in all of her work, it's the patients who inspire her.

"In my heart more than my mind, is the hope for them to get through their experience in the best way possible," says Linda.

She hopes when patients find out the artist is also a cancer survivor, it will inspire them as well.

To contact Linda about her work call 903-253-6377.

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com

 

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