Cribb, who diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2017, underwent radiation therapy and two surgeries to combat the disease.
Leading her care was a multidisciplinary team of veteran specialists including breast surgeon Dr. Craig Brackett and oncologist Dr. Catie Swift. Radiation therapy was provided by the team at MUSC Health Tidelands Health Radiation Therapy Center.
“My doctors were the very best. They let me know they had me in their hands,” Cribb said. “They are the most nurturing and caring group of professionals I’ve ever met. They demanded my attention and that I trust them, and I did right away.”
Facing breast cancer can be a lonely experience, Cribb said, and it’s easy to withdraw into yourself. If nothing else, she hopes the pillows offer support to the breast cancer patients who receive them.
“We want the women to realize we are with them – we don’t want them to feel like they are alone,” she said. “I hope these pillows offer some kind of comfort and reassurance to them.”
Sabrina Johnson, a breast health navigator with the Tidelands Health Cancer Care Network, posted the request for help with post-surgical pillows on Facebook. She said the response was tremendous.
In total, the health system received 224 pillows — 212 from Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and another dozen from Johnson’s family and friends.
“I am extremely grateful and overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from my family, friends and the community,” Johnson said. “Cancer patients worry about many aspects of treatment, and to have a donation like this, to be able to remove just one extra expense and burden, is a huge gift to them.”