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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Courtney Seitz didn't expect to live to the age of 58. She fought cancer twice in her twenties, and for more than two decades after she never quite recovered.

"I was healing good but I never quite got my health back," Seitz said. "It's not easy to come back from 15 surgeries. I learned to let life go by me."

Today she's a changed woman, all thanks to razor and wooden canvas.

Seitz loved art as a child, but gave it up after high school.

"They told me to grow up, so I did," Seitz said. She'd soon raise two boys.

But in her darkest hour she rediscovered her passion.

"I was lost," she said.

Seven years ago she began to craft art once more. Since then she's made dozens of pieces, mostly depicting famous actors and musicians. She's mostly just given them away, though she hopes to sell them one day. Her goal is to begin making personal pieces from photos.

"I think people would really cherish something like this," she said.

But the purpose of Seitz's work has been much greater than any end product.

"It's helped me heal," Seitz said. "It gave me a chance to sit and relax and forget about everything. It's my escape."

An escape for a mother who lost her way, but found it thanks to a razor and block of wood.

"I can do something that pleases people," she said.

"I can put a smile on people's faces."

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