Monday, November 14, 2011
Helping Others on the Journey- Cancer Hope Network
When I first learned I had ovarian cancer I did not know another woman with the disease. At my cancer center, I picked up a brochure for the Cancer Hope Network. I gave them a call and they matched me with a woman from NJ who was a survivor for over 5 years. I was thrilled to talk to her and saw her journey as one I could be on too.
In 2008, I decided that I wanted to be the person on the other end of the phone line giving another woman hope. So I took the training and became a patient support volunteer. I have spoken to women throughout the US . I've even made a call at 9pm to be able to chat with a survivor in California when they got home from work. I took a short leave of absence from my calls when I recurred but then started back up again when I finished treatment.
On Saturday, I was pleasantly surprised to receive a card in the mail from Cancer Hope Network. It said
Cancer Hope Network's
Garden of Hope Award
In recognition and with deep gratitude
for three years of helping people
diagnosed with cancer .
Had it really been that long? It seemed like just yesterday when I started making those calls.
Along with the card were packets of flower seeds with the words "Volunteers plant the seeds of kindness". I can't wait to plant those seeds in my garden next year and watch the daisy's grow.
Every Day is a Blessing! I am blessed to be a Cancer Hope Network Support Volunteer.