Gratefulness for North Star Lodge

Your gifts to The Memorial Foundation for cancer care programs stay right here in Yakima, helping people like Christine James manage their fight against cancer.  Read further as Christine shares her experience.

“North Star Lodge has been my home away from home for the last year. Even though battling triple negative breast cancer was the toughest journey I’ve ever been on, I feel so grateful for all the staff at North Star Lodge. They have easily become my second family.  There is no stupid question, there is no stupid reaction to the chaos of feelings I felt when I was losing my control of this awful monster trying to invade my body. No matter what kind of day I was having, I had so many people offering me support.

I was very sick one Christmas and completely worn down from chemo treatments and an infection I had with a fever.  I had to go in 3 days before Christmas, and let’s face it having 5 months of infusions you’d like to keep your scheduled appointments and add no additional appointments because it feels like you’re always there. I broke down crying because I felt hopeless. While I was crying the infusion nurses all held me and gave me such a great inspirational pep talk. I needed to have blood drawn through my port and my arm at the same time. I was so frail and exhausted I asked for a nurse to hold my hand while I cried on her shoulder. What a loving group of people. I am so grateful for the expertise at North Star.”

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