Rod describes Pam as a strong woman who was offered to go anywhere in the US for treatment but chose to stay here locally so she could be near her family. Throughout her battle with cancer, Rod describes her as strong and “always worrying about everyone else.”
After Pam’s diagnosis, they were referred to Cancer Patient Services by Dr. Cole.
“We stopped by Cancer Patient Services after one of Pam’s treatments and told us what all they could offer us. They also said if we don’t see or hear what we really needed that they would figure out a way to get it for us. We were overwhelmed by them offering all of this to us.
Pam continued with the chemo treatments for weeks at a time. Throughout her treatment we kept stopping into CPS. When Pam’s hair started to fall out, Joanne offered her a wig. She tried some on and didn’t like any, so they sent us to a lady in Findlay who specializes in wigs at her beauty shop. I was really impressed with that, the wig looked great.
Eventually it got hard for Pam to walk, so we stopped into CPS and told them that we needed a walker. They had one for us right away! They even offered us a scooter. We refused at first because Pam said someone else would need it more than she did. CPS told us that it didn’t work that way. If we needed it, we could use it. This scooter allowed Pam to attend many basketball games that she otherwise wouldn’t have been able to go to as she wasn’t able to walk very far. Our family is so thankful for CPS and the people who run the office. They assisted us in so many ways.”
Pam passed in December of 2016 after many months of spending time with family and as Rod described it “with zero complaints.”
Till this day Rod keeps in touch with us here at CPS and we are thankful for the relationship we have formed with him.
Rod and Pam’s story is just one example of the ways CPS is here to support Hancock county cancer patients and their families after receiving a cancer diagnosis.
To learn more and donate please visit www.cancerpatientservices.org.