Survivor Stories

Survivor Stories: Tracy & Mike Riazzi

We first heard Tracy Riazzi’s story in a Silk Scarf Dyeing workshop at Sawtooth School as a part of our Healing and Wellness Through the Arts program. Tracy participates in a GYN Cancer Support Group at Cancer Services, Inc and it is through our partnership with Cancer Services, Inc. that we had the chance to meet Tracy and learn about her journey. Her story is incredibly powerful and her tenacity inspiring. We hope to give voice to many others as we continue our work with cancer patients, their families and their caregivers.

 


 

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“I really enjoy the classes offered by Action Health & the Sawtooth. Exposure to these classes has led me to sign up for a Sawtooth class outside of Action Health. It’s a wonderful stress reliever, & there is a great sense of accomplishment and pride when a project is completed.”

WFBMC staff member

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“So relaxing. Amazing! I needed it after a treatment. Please keep this group going.”

Cancer survivor

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“I think I found a new therapy.”

Cancer survivor

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“I was able to forget that I was sick for a little while. I feel like an artist now.”

Cancer survivor

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“This was a great class; the teachers were exceptional and very encouraging to all the students. There was instruction, but they also allowed for our own creativity. Very patient with us all. I enjoyed the setup, allowing for us to interact with other staff members. I sat with a lady in finance that I would normally not interact with as a nurse. Our teachers encouraged these new relationships.”

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Nurse

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“I was overjoyed to see art in action for helping people.”

Wake Forest University School of Divinity Student

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“After years of suffering with social anxieties and past trauma, this class gave me my first glimpse into healing through art. It was wonderful. I left feeling like part of the community and wanting more interaction with others.”

Cancer survivor

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