Johnson: I want to be there for them

Donna Johnson of Conway is a two-time breast cancer survivor.

 

Having been in that place of difficulty and struggle, she visits other women who are going through the same thing as a way to give back.

Through working with the American Cancer Society, Johnson has been able to bring pillows that bring comfort to the women when discharged and make riding in cars easier on their bodies.

Recently, the pillows have been in short supply.

Johnson, who works at the University of Central Arkansas, sent out an email regarding the issue hoping for someone to help.

She said she got connected with Beth Hudson, a teacher at Mayflower High School.

Johnson said Hudson and her students wanted to make the pillows and were able to sew together two trashbags full for Johnson to deliver to her patients.

Despite the fact the students wanted to deliver the pillows to the women in person and weren’t able to, they still wanted to talk with Johnson about her experiences.

Johnson said she was thankful for the group for what they did for the ladies who needed this special something.

“I was excited that these young kids were willing to help,” she said.

Johnson said she started meeting with these women to try to use a horrible experience she went through and bring something good out of it and to remind these women that there’s life after struggle.

When they get the pillows, she said, the woman get tickled.

“They’re just really appreciative of all the stuff I bring them and [that] I go an talk to them and stuff,” Johnson said.

She said when someone is going through that, there are so many questions that are left unanswered and visiting them, talking with them and just being there for them is how she chooses to provide for women who are experiencing what she once went through.

“I just feel like they need someone to talk to and encourage them and [know]] there’s someone out there that’s been through it and is there for them,” Johnson said. “I want to be there for them.”

 

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