While Shirley Savage, of South Paris was going through chemotherapy; she had a heat-able rice bag to put around her shoulders. Five months into her treatment Shirley decided she wanted to give something back, and that rice bags were the way to go. She talked with her daughter, Cynthia Gurschick about this, and the two decided that if Shirley bought the supplies, Cynthia would sew the bags.
At the beginning of February, after her last round of chemotherapy, Shirley Savage showed up in the office of Linda McSherry MS, RN, ANP-C, OCN, an adult nurse practitioner, certified in oncology, from Oxford Hills Internal Medicine (OHIM) with 40 rice bags. Some of the bags had relaxing lavender scent in them and all were made with a comforting fleece fabric, all for donation to the Chemotherapy Program.
Linda McSherry and Shelly Thorp, RN, share that the rice bags are being put in bags that the Maine Cancer Center gives to them to provide patients when they are first diagnosed; the bags are a big hit with patients.
Shelly Thorp says of Shirley's generosity, "She is very thoughtful. Shirley has been a prime example all through her diagnosis and treatment, she eats right and exercises! She has a
generous spirit and a desire to share her hope and laughter with people."
Shirley, who works at Hebron Academy, speaks highly of everyone at Stephens Memorial Hospital and OHIM as well, "I love the hospital, and the people who work here and help others. I was determined to have my chemo right here!!! Now, I have friends who say they would come here because of my experience." With her outgoing personality and positive outlook she has a new quest after the rice bag donations, she is going to be a phone advocate to talk to people going through chemotherapy and offer support.
Photo Caption: Michelle O'Connor, RN, Linda McSherry, RN, Cynthia Gurschick, Dr. David Benton, Shelly Thorp, RN, and Mrs. Shirley Savage.