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.
Sunday, March 9 2014 8:57 AM EDT2014-03-09 12:57:59 GMT
The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks. Fargo Oak Groves defeated Rugby 68 to 58 in overtime fashion. North Star defeated the Lions from Linton-HMB 60 to 49 in the
The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks.
Sunday, March 9 2014 8:54 AM EDT2014-03-09 12:54:06 GMT
The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points. Followed by Minot with 323 points. North Fargo took home 3rd place overall at 297 points. West
The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points.
Sunday, March 9 2014 8:50 AM EDT2014-03-09 12:50:18 GMT
The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set. On the girls side Bismarck High won the tournament with a 64 to 61 win over Century. Both
The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set.
Sunday, March 9 2014 8:48 AM EDT2014-03-09 12:48:30 GMT
Chair-lifts were packed and tube runs were full, as hundreds of families enjoyed a day at the Bottineau Winter Park. But Saturday was no ordinary day in the Turtle Mountains. It's was the grand opening
Saturday was no ordinary day in the Turtle Mountains. It's was the grand opening of Annie's House, a new ski-lodge and adaptive center.