A retired speech therapist from Clark Elementary, Jacqueline Ragland fought an aggressive form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma at Sentara Martha Jefferson. Her treatment involved an intensive combination of chemotherapy and radiation, and to stay strong, she relied on many of the clinically proven services philanthropic support makes possible: massages to ease her pain and discomfort; art therapy; free wigs and scarves, and peer support.
Jacquelyn also attended a women’s only fly-fishing retreat free of charge, where she had an opportunity for mental and spiritual renewal with other survivors in a beautiful setting. “I could go on this fly-fishing trip, which was fabulous and exceeded my expectations, and endeavor in some nice things amidst the hard time,” she recalls. “It helped me stay positive.”
All the support for her spirit, as well as her body, really made a difference. Although the prognosis looked bad at first, the treatments worked. “I’ll never forget the evening Dr. Romano called to say, “I think we’re going to be ok!” I’m forever grateful for his expertise and kindness.”
Jacquelyn has been cancer-free for five years. We are truly grateful to friends like you for helping to support her through her cancer journey.