After being diagnosed with breast cancer in January, Patricia Chalfant says she found the most comfort at the Women's Wellness Boutique.
For women with breast cancer, the moments after a diagnosis can be the hardest. Suddenly you are overwhelmed with fear and more questions than answers. Luckily, for breast cancer patients at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Edgewood, there are plenty of hugs and hope.
It is one of the first places women go after they get the news. Not just for a wig but for a friend.
"That news. That big "C" word. It's very alarming and it's scary. The first thing I said was, 'Am I going to die?" said Patricia Chalfant.
After being diagnosed with breast cancer in January, Chalfant says she found the most comfort at the Women's Wellness Boutique.
"As soon as you walk in the door you get a hug. You start with a hug. You leave with a hug. They talk to you about you are not the only one going through this. You are not alone. The friend that I met, she is a breast cancer survivor herself so I knew right then I had a pretty good chance of survival when I saw her," said Chalfant.
"No one signs up for breast cancer but there was a purpose behind my diagnosis," said Cathy Youtsey Halloran.
Youtsey Halloran has made it her life mission to help women win the fight against breast cancer. Proceeds from every wig, bra and piece of jewelry go right across the hall to the Fischer Homes Breast Center.
"The majority of the people that go through this as unfortunate as it may seem initially in the beginning it allows that patient to dig down deep and see what they are really made of," said Youtsey Halloran.
Angie Griffin is a survivor too. Now she spends her time giving the hope the wellness boutique once gave her.
"Started volunteering and ended up working here. I quit my job as a mortgage banker and here I am. Been here ever since," said Griffin. "We love for them to come back and let us know how they are doing and if we can be of help with anything else. We are just here to help with the products and root them on."
Now Patricia is cancer-free. She is still receiving precautionary radiation and visiting her best friends at the wellness boutique every chance she gets.
"I just got a lot of support. A lot of mental support and I made a friend for life," said Chalfant.