Those were the first words she spoke minutes after Diane M. (Pineau) Ireland was told by her family that she had terminal cancer. Just three days before Christmas of 2006, this 59 year-old wife and mother, who was preparing for her daughter’s wedding and her son’s college graduation, was instead now faced with what was clearly to be her last Christmas – a holiday she simply adored and had made magical for her family and friends for so many years. Now it was up to them and to the Beth Israel Deaconess - Plymouth, whose response when asked “What is allowed?” was simply “Anything.”
Diane’s room became an enchanted village: a lighted tree, music, presents galore and a never-ending stream of visitors. The entire staff of the Beth Israel Deaconess - Plymouth, doctors, nurses, administration, kitchen and security, clearly understood the importance of this time... ...Only 30 days later, the end was near. Diane’s wish to return to the Beth Israel Deaconess - Plymouth where she had given birth to her two children, where she had sat by the bedsides of so many of her family and friends in their time of need, was made possible with the assistance of Cranberry Hospice.
With the creation of Diane’s Gift of Kindness at Beth Israel Deaconess - Plymouth, Diane’s legacy – one of friendship, compassion and caring – continues on. Diane’s Gift, a specialty resource center, located in the Beth Israel Deaconess - Plymouth Club Cancer Center, offers products and services that help meet a patient’s need for hope and kindness during cancer treatment.
Diane’s sister, Denise Pineau, at the opening of the Diane’s Gift of Kindness resource center.
Diane’s Gift is made possible, in part, by a donation from the family and friends of Diane M. (Pineau) Ireland, who lost her battle against cancer in 2007, and whose life inspires hope and kindness in many.
A resource center located in the Beth Israel Deaconess - Plymouth Club Cancer Center, Diane’s Gift offers an array of products and services that help meet some of a patient’s needs during cancer treatment.
- Designed to make patients feel welcomed and pampered, the shop is staffed by specially trained volunteers who make the experience of picking personal items like a hat, wig or camisole, convenient and comfortable.
- In addition to products available in the shop, the computer located in the shop is programmed to help patients access information on a wide range of issues related to their treatment.
- Prosthetic and wig fittings as well as consultations on skin and hair care during cancer treatment are available by appointment in the shop.
Available through Diane’s Gift are:
- Education and self-care books and CDs
- Specialty creams aand lotions
- Hats, scarves and turbans
- Wigs and partial hair products
- Woman to Woman Wig Share
- Specialty and adaptive clothing
To make an online gift to help support Diane’s Gift resource center.