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Friendships can be forged in the most difficult of circumstances. Doreen Sheldon is going through a second round of chemotherapy for ovarian cancer. And it was in this room is where she met Cheryl Renville, who helped her deal with the side effects by using wigs and scarves.

"When you're diagnosed with cancer, it can be difficult to feel, you know, beautiful. And this room is a nice, private area where you have your free choice of whatever, you know, whatever you want," says Sheldon.

But it wasn't always this way. There used to be just a few wigs in the oncology office, with no real privacy, making it difficult to enjoy the experience of finding a new look. Since then, Sanford Hospital has provided this room and the American Cancer Society provided the supplies. And Cheryl is well suited for this, being a retired nurse who knows what patients are going through.

"Being a cancer survivor, I know what it's like to walk into that office. I know what it's like to sit there and wait for a test, to hear those words. Those are the three most dreaded words in the English language: you have cancer," says Cheryl Renville, Cancer Care Resource Center.

And no one can really understand unless she's been through it herself. Cheryl knows what it's like to go bald during treatment.

"It's traumatic. That's the first thing that they say. Am I going to lose my hair? And even with myself, when I had chemo, I was going to be the one that didn't. I just knew I would be the one who did not lose my hair. Well, that didn't work, you know. You do lose it because the drugs are so powerful. And hair is a fast growing cell, and so it's the first one, one of the first ones that chemo kills."

"She's come up and seen me in my worst times up in the infusion center and just helped me understand that, you know, just because you hear the word cancer doesn't mean that it's the end. There's, you know, you can live forever and be normal. And she's proof of that," says Sheldon.

And that's how a young wife and mother of two can form such a strong bond with a volunteer and advocate.

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