Courtesy Bmore Media – Payroll manager Joey Campbell used to take her work with her to outpatient chemotherapy treatments at Mercy Medical Center.
But now she has found a more uplifting way to pass the time while she undergoes the brutal, hours-long treatment at the downtown Baltimore hospital. She’s making jewelry and creating rubber stamp projects, thanks to Mercy’s artist-in-residence, Andrea Cooper. Campbell says she hopes she and other volunteers have brightened the moods of patients at Mercy’s Institute for Cancer Care for the past five years.
Although the art projects are ancillary to the medicinal treatment patients are receiving, some staff members have begun to rely more on Cooper. “Sometimes the nurses will say ‘Mrs. So and So is feeling anxious. I’m wondering if you’ll work with her,’” she says. “I’m a cancer survivor myself. For me, there’s a natural affinity I have with the patients.”
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