Deloris – Chillicothe, OH

November 2017

Deloris, aka “Button,” is a scarf recipient, motorcycle-loving grandmother who shares her strength to encourage others.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself that has nothing to do with cancer.

I like to bake cookies with grandchildren. At age 49, I took a motorcycle course and went from a Suzuki 650 to a Honda 750 to a Harley soft tail deluxe. Love the outdoors, camping, fishing, hiking, gardening both vegetables and flowers.

What brought you hope as you faced cancer?

My faith in God. Knowing that if He put it in my path then He would be with me through it. That either I would be healed or I would be in heaven; not that I want the latter this soon because I want to see my grandchildren grow up and hope to see my great grandchildren.

How do you live life over cancer?

I was blessed that it was removed and had not spread into lymph nodes. We signed papers to buy a house two days before getting the news. Moving and working on the house kept my mind from it. I try to find something positive every day.

How did you become connected with Hope Scarves? 

I found Hope Scarves on the internet. I was determined not to wear a wig, so I was looking for hats and/or scarves to wear. I was determined to work through my treatments. I was grateful for my Hope Scarf after seeing how expensive these items can be.

What do you wish other people knew about Hope Scarves?

The stories that come with the scarf bring hope to others. I also saw the joy in the faces of those that provide the scarves.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about sending a Hope Scarf to someone facing cancer?

Do it! It is a bit of encouragement in a time that is gray.

What is one of your dreams or goals for the future?

To be able to have my health for a very long time. To be a witness, and encourage those going through a bad time in their life.

What is your favorite inspirational quote?

With God all things are possible.

If your friends or family describe you in a couple of words, what would they say?

Determined and stubborn.

Please share something you learned facing cancer.

I have always been a quiet person, and through my experience I learned that I need to be a witness and speak up.