“Heart-felt” Gift Helps Cancer Patients
Blake Oglesby first saw heart shaped pillows while online after his wife’s mastectomy and lymph node removal. The heart shape helps fill a gap and cushions the area where lymph nodes are removed. They are also great for cushioning an IV port from the shoulder strap of a car’s seatbelt. But instead of ordering a pillow for his wife, Blake decided to make pillows, not only for his wife but for all patients at the OHC Anderson office.
First, he had to learn to sew.
“I asked a lady at work to teach me how to sew because I knew she was a great seamstress. Before I even started the first pillow, she came to me and said that she had talked to the women at her church, Stonelick Church of the Brethren, and they wanted to take this on as a regular project,” said Blake. “They were excited because the heart also symbolizes the concern, empathy, and sincere compassion the group has for the people going through this.”
As of October 2018, the group has made 756 heart pillows.
All supplies necessary to make the pillows have been donated. When finished, they are placed in the “Comfort Pillow” box at OHC Anderson. The church has received many ‘Thank you’ cards from patients.
“Patients have told the OHC staff how much it means to know someone is thinking of them and cares for them. Hearing this is such a thrill for my wife and me, knowing the pillows are providing support and comfort during a potentially stressful and unpleasant time,” Blake added.
OHC is grateful for the many donations it receives at all OHC locations from people like Blake, his wife and the ladies at Stonelick church.