Inches of hair show miles of support
Fri, 16 May 2014 22:56:02 GMT —
Going through cancer treatments has been difficult for Diane Gash, but having her co-workers support made a world of difference.
Diane is a nurse in the orthopedic department for the Quincy Medical Group.
The people she works she says is more like a second family.
It's this second family that has stayed by Diane's side after she found out last October that she had breast cancer and went through treatment.
And it's this second family that continues to show support for her through all of her endeavors.
One of those endeavors came in the form of a Color Run.
Diane had mentioned wanting to run in it, but was hesitant when she thought it would ruin her wig.
"One of my co-workers said, 'Well, we'll get rainbow wigs,'" said Diane.
Around 15 of Diane's co-workers hit the streets with her, decked out in colorful wigs.
Next came an even bigger gesture.
Three of Diane's co-workers and her husband Michael revealed they had shaved their head in support of Diane.
"I was really shocked, I had no idea that they would do that," Diane said. "And had they asked me if I wanted them to I would have said 'Oh please don't, you're hair is too precious.'"
One of Diane's co-workers, Dr. George Crickard said it was an easy decision for him to do it.
"It's just a haircut for the three of us, or four of us," Crickard said. "But for Diane, having gone through what she did, that's a whole different thing. I mean we're not the heros here, it's Diane and what she went through. So it was easy for us to make the decision, it's just a haircut. It's not a lifestyle. It's not going to affect me for five years, or ten years, so for us it was no big deal."
Diane's husband says it's been a comfort for him to know that she has a support system everywhere she goes.
"I'm not sure if in all places where people work that people are going to step in and take care of you, while you're not able to be there and be sympathetic towards that," said Michael. "So I think that says a lot for the group of people she works with."
Diane counts herself lucky to not only work with these people, but to be able to call them family.
"It's humbling," she said. "It's like you just think you're just anybody and then when people do something special for you, I don't know, it makes you feel special."
Diane was happy to say that Thursday was her last day of treatment.
Shannon Donley and Aaron Donald were two of Diane's co-workers who also shaved their head.