Renee: The Strength I Didn’t Know I Had

By: Renee Zemke I came to Gilda’s Club at the beginning of my treatment. There was a meal train in place, rides to treatment were organized, babysitting after school was taken care of, a caring bridge was set up and the whirl-wind was in full force. For me, despite all of the support, I felt…

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Mental Health and the Holidays

By Shelbie Sullivan, MS, MA, LPC, NCC, Club Red Associate Board Member Mental health becomes an increasingly important topic to consider for yourself and loved ones as holidays approach. As a therapist, I hear from many people about these seasonal difficulties. I will often encourage clients to imagine and compare themselves to a sturdy tree;…

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Rachel: I No Longer Felt Alone

By Rachel, Gilda’s Club Member December 29, 2021 is a day forever seared in my life. The day that, at age 37, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. With no family history of breast cancer this was unexpected and a tidal wave of fear, loneliness, and uncertainty knocked me down. My story doesn’t start like…

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Alan and Amandalynn: Navigating a New Path

“Gilda’s Club was the reason our family was whole through everything we went through,” shared Amandalynn in the Gilda’s Club Madison 10th anniversary video.  You may remember Alan and Amandalynn and their children Dmitri and Astraea. They were featured in our 10th anniversary video, sharing their moving story of navigating cancer with their young family….

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Gilda’s Club Madison Founders’ Stories – Peg Lucas

As Peg Lucas was getting ready for work one morning in the spring of 2002, a local news segment piqued her interest. Pat Anderson, one of the founders of what was formerly known as Madison Friends of Gilda’s, was sharing more about a support community that she and other Madison-area residents formed to help those…

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Lettuce Celebrate: 100th Cooking Class at Gilda’s Club

“He is so much fun…and I love his scientific insights as he teaches us cooking!” one cooking class participant recently exclaimed. If you attend one of Chef Michael’s virtual cooking classes at Gilda’s, you’re likely to notice a few things immediately. First, his passion for cooking, with him speaking enthusiastically about the science of cooking…

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