In 2008, when Bellaire area resident Mercy Siaotong was diagnosed with breast cancer, no one was around for her to share her distressing news. Her husband was out with her son, and when she called her relatives, nobody was home to answer the phone.
Unable to contain her emotion, she broke down in tears. But when the crying finally stopped, she composed herself and prayed.
“God, I don’t like this, but if this is what you’re giving me, I’ll accept it,” Mercy prayed. “But I don’t like it.”
Before beginning chemotherapy, she joined the Kelsey-Seybold Breast Cancer Support Group.
“It helped me tremendously,” said the two-year member. “You’re able to express your feelings, and you quickly find out that those feelings are normal. These women have experienced exactly what I am going through.”
Healing Through Art
Mercy Siaotong claims she’s not artistic. But when given magazines for her collage assignment, she was immediately drawn to the first photo she flipped to. It showed a group of women dancing rejoicingly in a circle and it reminded her of her friends in the Breast Cancer Support Group.
Her artwork represents the support she has through her family, friends, church, co-workers and the Breast Cancer Support Group at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic.
If the cancer comes back, Mercy says she’s now equipped with the support system and mentality to handle it. What she’s learned, she is now able to pass on to others.
“It really made me stronger,” she says. “Life is good, so no matter what the day brings, rejoice and be glad in it.”