The Glow Girls
here there is laughter, there is always more health than sickness.
The lives of four women were changed forever the fall of 1999. These womendid not meet on the golf course, the country club or bowling league. They met atthe Blood and Cancer Center in Canfield, Ohio, and the bond that brought them tothat building on Tuesday mornings was cancer. These four women were youngwives with children, going to work every day and enjoying life to the fullest.Tuesday mornings brought them together because all were receivingchemotherapy. It had started with a friendly smile and a hello. Lynn and Karenwere the first two to introduce themselves to each other. It just so happened theysat next to each other that first day as chemo was dripping through their veins.They knew they were going to be there for a while, so they befriended each otherand started a conversation. Soon they became chemo friends, discovered they wereon the same treatment schedule and knew they would be seeing much of eachother. A month later, Sandy arrived in the chemo room and decided to take thechair next to Lynn and Karen. Soon after that, Cindy came into the picture, andnow they are the Fearless Foursome.The circle of four was there once a month on Tuesday, and the nurses reservedtheir four chairs for them. They would sit and compare their bald heads; someonefrom the group would bring snacks to be shared; someone was always telling afunny story. There was always laughter coming from the chemo room when theseladies were together. You never knew what the Fearless Four were going to donext; when these women were together, it was one crazy party! One time therewas so much laughter, the doctor walked into the room to see what all the noisewas about.Having fun and laughing is contagious—often other chemo patients joined inthe fun. The Fearless Foursome did very well throughout treatment, and it musthave been the laughter. When one of them finished her cancer treatments, shewould have a graduation party—the graduation party of life. There would bepizza, pop and cake for everyone. Gifts, balloons and flowers would adorn thechemo room. Party hats were worn on bald heads. Once someone brought in abottle of wine, and the girls had a tiny sip out of a bathroom Dixie cup.The funny four are no longer meeting at chemo; they have taken their laughterand now meet at a restaurant for lunch. They have decided it’s important for themto stay in touch; after all, they’ve spent their last six months together, running therace of life.Many months have passed, and the four decided it was time to do somethingmore—to reach out to other women living with cancer. They realize how