Elizabeth Barnes started Hope Abounds
when cancer hit close to home.
Look out cancer. Mother warrior, Elizabeth Barnes, is on your trail.
Sparked by their daughter Kelly’s diagnosis of breast cancer at age thirty-two, Barnes and husband, Kenny, dashed in to establish support systems, filing the gaps they saw in their family’s journey.
Their daughter was teaching in Atlanta when she received the original diagnosis of stage 0 cancer. By the time her doctor did her surgery here in Wilmington three weeks later, the cancer had metastasized, reaching stage 3A.
Elizabeth Barnes witnessed the support of her daughter’s friends and co-workers, and she noticed the events that left the family unprepared.
“We had no cancer in our family,” she says. “We were totally ignorant as to what happened to people. The infusion room, cold, patients sitting in a recliner for four to six hours. Unless you have really close friends who can handle it they don’t say anything. It’s lonely.”
And while they were told to bring a blanket, CDs, a book, and lunch, they weren’t told about the metal taste in the mouth, the canned foods she would have to eat, or the flushing that travels from one part of the body to the other following chemo therapy, Elizabeth Barnes recalls.