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Nashville cancer survivor hopes to recover stolen artwork

Patrick McIntosh Patrick McIntosh

A Middle Tennessee man who has survived two battles with cancer is now a victim once again. This time, it's not his health that has been robbed from him. It's the art he created as part of his two-year journey.

Ever since Patrick McIntosh was a teen, he has had a camera around his neck and an eye for art.

But the 23 year-old's life was turned upside-down when doctors told him he had cancer.

"These two big, basically lumps formed, about the size of rocks, like big pebbles," McIntosh said.

In his usual fashion, he documented it all through photos and art. Through two separate rounds of chemo and radiation, McIntosh relied on the one thing that's never failed him - his creativity.

"My mom always raised me to believe that when you're feeling down or when you're not happy, you've gotta do something. You've gotta find an inspiration, find a reason," McIntosh said.

During a year or more of treatment, McIntosh used things like hospital bracelets and his radiation mask to make creative displays, finding the beauty in one of life's ugliest diseases.

"I try to get the positive out of it. I try to look at every day and think, 'OK, what can I do today?'" McIntosh said.

Last week, much of that work was taken when the Antioch apartment from which he was moving out was robbed.

"I've been trying to think of a way to say it, and, to me, it's like they stole part of my journey. I don't know if that makes any sense, but there were a lot of things that I had been working on - projects and other things - that were really brought on by what I've been going through," he said.

Thousands of dollars worth of cameras and equipment were stolen. But those aren't the things that define him. There's only one thing he wants back.

"I just want my art back, because, like I said, I feel like I've lost a part of my life that was really important," McIntosh said.

Metro police went to that Antioch apartment complex to investigate, but, unfortunately, they don't have a lot of leads to go on.

McIntosh is hoping the thieves dumped his art somewhere and someone will find it.

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