Therese's Story

Cancer can be a very lonely place to dwell. These friendships have provided the safe haven, the outlet for the frustrations and fears….and the joys!

It was a cold winter day, as I was awaiting my turn for radiation treatment.

The lobby was unusually full. One of the radiation machines had malfunctioned so they were really behind. We were all dressed in the usual, just a hospital gown with arms wrapped tight to our chests warding off the cold.

Dr. Phil was on the T.V. As time passed I found this particular episode to be unbelievable-even for reality TV! Evidently I was not alone, because it was not long before the woman next to me said “Is this for real?” The room erupted with laughter.

This laughter ignited one of the most memorable, most precious days of my life. This is the day I met my fellow comrades in arms, Deb and Karla. Like me, they are 5 year breast cancer survivors.

Cancer can be a very lonely place to dwell. These friendships have provided the safe haven, the outlet for the frustrations and fears….and the joys!

I also like to think it has lessened the burden for our families. They know that we have a special place with our friends as we take care of each other. Our friendships are living testament that you can find yourself sitting alone, then walking together to the other side of breast cancer.

Many thanks to Barbara Hensley for seeing the need and founding Hope Chest.

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