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Mural Honors Women's Journey To Sobriety

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by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A special group of women came together to create a unique piece of artwork. Mending Hearts helps give women struggling with addiction a second chance. On Saturday, the women painted a mural on 44th Avenue South and Albion Street to illustrate their journey to sobriety.

"Everything here has a meaning for somebody in some sort of way," one client said.

Picture their pain, each one tells a story.

"I got into some trouble and I came here from jail," client Jenniffer Barnes said.

They used bright colors and tried to stay within the lines, hoping it's indicative of their future. Their past was just the opposite.

"My drug of choice was crack cocaine," client Kathi Norris said.

"I conducted an art therapy workshop where everyone drew pictures about what they were feeling," local artist Beth Inglish explained. "What was going on in their lives at that time?"

Those pictures were put together to create the mural.

"I drew this with tears on it because when I got here I was just so broken," Norris said about one of the pictures she was painting.

Their pictures illustrated how far they've come.

"We need peace in our lives because it's been total chaos for so long," another client said while painting a peace sign

All of the women in the program were overcoming something.

"I just told myself it's either go through treatment and get it right this time or just die," client Erica Large said.

When you pass by, they want you to do more than just look.

"I'm a better person now. I'm a better mother," Barnes said. "I'm a better friend. I'm just a better woman."

They want you to see what they've done and think what they now have to offer is beautiful.

"I've been clean almost 72 days," Norris said, "so I'm very excited."

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