Sometimes it simply takes the encouragement of a good friend to motivate someone to come to Gilda’s Club for the first time. For Sue, that was definitely the case. “My doctor said to go to Gilda’s Club because I was feeling really depressed and really alone, and I didn’t have to be feeling this way.” Mary and Sue had met at a hospital support group where both women came to realize that they had been diagnosed with breast cancer around the exact same time. It wasn’t until Mary encouraged Sue to visit Gilda’s Club that she finally agreed to come.
“I remember thinking it’s so roomy and homey here,” Sue recalls of her first visit. “I was impressed by how peaceful it was.” Mary found that the calming atmosphere combined with having a familiar face in her groups and activities brought her a lot of comfort. Both ladies take part in many of the activities here including the Walk to Get Fit workshop, yoga, breast cancer support group, Angel Pillow Project and social events when possible. Mary shared, “We hold each other accountable to come.”
These two amazing friends enjoy that they are able to spend time together several days a week at Gilda’s Club. They also continue to see the silver lining in their cancer diagnosis. “If we didn’t have this diagnosis we probably never would have met,” reflects Mary.