When Lou-Ann Hadlock began taking wheel-thrown pottery lessons more than a decade ago, she was looking for an opportunity to make new friends. But Hadlock found “playing with clay” to be a much-needed source of comfort and healing as she received treatment for rectal cancer at Duke Cancer Center.
“The pottery and the support of my family saved my life,” said Hadlock, 60, who also is an avid swimmer and swimming coach. “I was focused on the clay and not on, ‘Oh, poor me.’ I didn’t want to go down that road. Pottery made me happy. The dirtier and grimier I was, covered in clay, the happier I was.”