Buddy Check 7: Women's Day of Caring helps cancer patients heal

Published: Jan. 8, 2017 at 9:24 AM CST
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The Marshfield Clinic's Women's Day of Caring looks to bring comfort and support to cancer patients and survivors. One local woman found healing surrounded by women facing the same pain.

"Nobody knows what's it's like to have cancer unless you've actually had cancer," Kim Dahm said. She was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer in Aug. 2016, and is now in remission.

"i ended up having a lumpectomy done and liver surgery because it metastasized to my liver. Then in metastasized to my lung," she recalled.

Dahm knows firsthand the emotional toll cancer can take, but not everyone does.

"You just see one side of it," she said, "whereas i, as the cancer patient, can see another side of it."

Even family doesn't always understand. That's where Women's Day of Caring comes in, a program put on by the Marshfield clinic.

"[They] spend the day surrounded by other women who have a similar diagnosis and know exactly what they're going through," Oncology Social Worker Samantha Gruetzmacher explained.

Gruetzmacher works with the clinic to set up a day about wellness after treatment. "Having that emotional support is such a key factor in having a successful treatment experience."

"They knew what you were going through," Dahm said.

The next Women's Day of Caring is Feb. 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Les and Jim's Lincoln Lanes in Merrill.