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Anne Cosgrove: Raising Funds for Your "Rainy Day"

AnneIt’s hard to stop Anne Cosgrove in her tracks. The proud Lunenburg County resident is involved in a number of different community service groups and committees, keeping her with a full day-planner. But a phone call in August made life come to a grinding halt; she had cancer.

A radiologist at South Shore Regional Hospital had found abnormalities in her annual mammogram. After nearly 20 years of volunteering, fundraising and being both a committee member and board member of the Health Services Foundation of the South Shore, Anne’s life was about to be put in the hands of the services and equipment she helped fund.

Anne says the care she received locally from the start made a world of difference to her and her family as she set out to fight the deadly disease. “We were treated – and I always say we because I’m not the only one going through this - like we were the only ones they (the medical staff) were looking after.”

After the surgery to remove the cancer and a mastectomy, the Cosgrove’s left happy, preparing for her next hurdle – chemotherapy.  While the first round of Anne’s treatment went as smooth as it could, another medical issue presented itself around Christmas. “Right before I was to start my second round of chemo I became short of breath. Within 24 hours I was in the emergency department in Bridgewater, on a gurney, learning I was in heart failure.” Anne was moved up to the Medical Surgery floor of South Shore Regional Hospital where she continued to be amazed at the care.

Anne and her husband Jim moved to the South Shore in the late 1990’s. Within a year, she knew she wanted to give back to her community through improving local health care. “I feel that as residents we just assume all the services we require will be there for us when we need them. If you live in a community, you need to give back! The issues I’m dealing with now are proof of how important that is. The equipment in our hospitals, that doesn’t just get there. Yes, it costs money but we are able to receive these services in our own community which is where the Foundation comes in. We need both Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital and South Shore Regional. I didn’t really have a lot to do with South Shore Regional before I started this journey but I appreciate every square foot of it. I’ve used a lot of the machines, been in for surgery, in the Journey Room which is magnificent. All these things the Health Services Foundation has funded or at least partly-funded.”

While she continues her treatment, she doesn’t let cancer get in the way of giving back to local health care. “I’m very proud to be a Health Services Foundation board member because I appreciate now what I didn’t know before. We are proud of what we are able to add to health care locally and how the Foundation is tackling modern health practices head on. We are so lucky to have the equipment, the medical staff, the hospitals and the community support that we do on the South Shore.

Be part of your hospital! Call the Health Services Foundation of the South Shore to get involved (902) 543-8065.

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