Lori's Story of Peace


Survivors often call cancer ‘The Big C.’ For me, I refer to cancer as my ‘Big Three’: Hodgkin’s disease, thyroid cancer, and most recently lung cancer. Overwhelmed and weighed-down by the stress of it all, I started RiverBend’s Art Therapy program earlier this year before the removal of two lung lobes.


This form of therapy has helped me process major moments throughout my cancer journey and it continues to be a positive expressive outlet for me. Art Therapy gives me peace of mind and helps me cope with life amidst physical and emotional trauma.

- Lori 

Helping clients process and manage the psychological side effects of living with and recovering from cancer is a necessary part of improving their quality of life and providing them peace of mind. Art therapy is a program at RiverBend that’s helping survivors explore and express their feelings in a unique way.


Lori along with many other survivors benefit from the healing effects of art therapy via remote sessions with RiverBend’s art therapy counselor. They connect every week to discuss their art then explore and process their feelings. Art supplies are also routinely delivered to client homes to keep them well stocked for therapy sessions.


“Art Therapy is a form of emotional support; a creative tool clients can use to channel and calm some of the chaos surrounding cancer,” explained Dave Labrum, RiverBend’s Art Counselor. “Clients don’t need to be artfully gifted to benefit from this program although the pieces that evolve from therapy sessions are always beautiful in their own right.”


This type of therapy has proven to be particularly helpful to clients who may not be comfortable with RiverBend’s talk therapy options.


Through personal artwork and encouragement from our trained counselor, survivors learn to explore and process their feelings.


  • Decrease anxiety

  • Promote relaxation

  • Nurture self-expression

  • Process emotions

  • Build coping skills

  • Connect survivors

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