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Chelsea’s garden offers hope

A new garden is open outside the HSA Chemotherapy Unit.
It features a gazebo, donated by the Cayman Islands Cancer Society and gives patients an alternative waiting area and a place for quiet reflection. The kinds of things craved by the garden’s namesake, Chelsea Doxey who wanted her life remembered, not as a victim of Ovarian Cancer, but as a paramedic, a sister and a friend.
“We are now able to carry on her memory and also to be a support for those who are suffering with cancer,” Cilicia Da Costa, Chelsea’s twin sister.

For Mrs Da Costa the opening of Chelsea’s garden at the HSA  Chemotherapy unit gives her comfort knowing her sister, who helped others as a paramedic, can still make a difference to those in pain.

“For herself to be remembered, but also to be a just a positive influence to those that also may be affected by cancer,” she explains.

She says Chelsea was full of life and on the fast track to advancement in her career when she was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer.

“She was 25 when she was first diagnosed and then when she was diagnosed again she was turning 26 so it was shocking for someone so young to have an aggressive cancer that she had,” Mrs Da Costa says.

Less than a year later, she was gone, but her twin sister and her co-worker Debra Gaffigan together with the team at HSA would make sure Chelsea would not be forgotten.

“The family members can come sit with them and have a break from being inside the hospital and sit in a nice environment and just help boost the morale,”Ms Gaffigan says.

And its in this garden that Chelsea’s friends and family hope that others going through this difficult period can find some solace and peace of mind.
The garden is located at the back of the Chemotherapy unit and is open to the public.

About the author

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath is a Trinidadian journalist with 18 years media experience with a strong background in print with her most recent stint at The Cayman Reporter. She has a BA in Mass Communications, as well as, an Associate degree in Journalism and Public Relations.

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