Anne Lee's Story
When my husband Charlie and I moved to Baltimore with our three-month-old son, David, in February of 1958, we found a row house near the Mt. Pleasant golf course. We didn't check before we moved, but at that time there were no hospitals in the Baltimore area north of Union Memorial on 33rd Street.
Our sons John and Rob were both born at the Hospital for the Women of Maryland of Baltimore City in 1962 and 1963, respectively. That was when the hospital’s Board was interested in establishing a hospital in the Towson area near Sheppard Pratt. I volunteered to help raise money to fund the hospital’s creation. I was given a list of three or four streets near where we lived, as well as pledge forms and general information to hand out about the future hospital. I went door to door asking people to contribute $1 a month for three years. I don't remember how much I raised, but I do remember being picked up and driven to attend a thank you party.
Later I volunteered for several years at the Nearly New Sale. I learned about this event from Genie Price who was a nurse at GBMC and a mutual member of the GOPhers, now known as the Republican Women of Baltimore County.
After we moved to Timonium, the first time we used GBMC was in 1966 when Rob had his tonsils out. I was allowed to spend the night in the room with him which was something new at that time. It made the stay a lot easier for both of us!
Over the years, as Charlie and I raised the three boys, we had several occasions requiring stitches and David broke a collar bone once during wrestling practice. On every occasion we were treated courteously and professionally by the GBMC staff and were very pleased with the results.
In 2010, I was operated on for ovarian cancer. I had six batches of chemotherapy and the staff made the experience almost pleasurable. One of the volunteers brought me lunch and Charlie made very special cocoa which was a treat. (They have great snacks too!) I also met Veronica Young who was the Oncology Nurse Coordinator. She was so helpful as I went through this experience. It was very confusing and worrisome to navigate all these new healthcare treatments and Veronica made it a whole lot easier.
Since my treatment by Drs. Celano and Grumbine, and the excellent nursing care I received at GBMC, I am now cancer-free. During the five year waiting period, I was able to attend our oldest granddaughter's wedding, watch one granddaughter get her Masters degree in Public Policy and another graduate from Dulaney High School and go on to Salisbury University to study nursing. Our other granddaughter now lives in California and has an almost eight-year-old daughter. She loves to read and proudly tells us that in first grade she's learned to read chapter books!
I am now looking forward to celebrating Charlie's and my 59th anniversary later this year. Thank you for everything, GBMC!