By Guest Blogger, Roberta Dehman Hershon
The four words women fear most: “You have breast cancer.” were spoken to my childhood friend, Beverly Eisenberg in 2004. While she endured surgery and chemo, I took care of her garden and filled her house with flowers.
Ten months after her diagnosis, Bev passed away. As a tribute to her, her love of gardening and to help others with the disease, I founded Hope in Bloom. The all volunteer program designs and provides indoor, outdoor patio and in-ground gardens at the homes of Massachusetts’ residents being treated for breast cancer—and they are all free of charge. Since the organization started in 2007, 91 gardens have been planted across the state. Requests pour in daily, and the demand far outweighs funding. Currently 175 women are waiting for gardens
Gardens are magical places. They touch our senses, let us escape from our daily routines, lower anxiety levels and give us a more positive outlook. And, if that’s not enough, taking care of a garden beats a trip to the gym any day.
A Hope in Bloom garden is a ray of sunshine at a very bleak time in a breast cancer patient’s life. It is a special place to heal that quietly delivers its own brand of medicine. Many recipients were living with some of the deadliest forms of the disease and little hope of survival when their gardens were planted. Months later, these women were deemed cancer free. Everyone involved knows their gardens played a part in their miraculous turn of events.
Tour some gardens, meet recipients, volunteer and learn more about Hope in Bloom at: hopeinbloom.org or call 781 381-3597.