OTIS ORCHARDS, Wash. --- October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One in eight women will be diagnosed in in their lifetimes. Their friends, families, and communities feel the impact of that diagnosis as well, rallying together to support their loved ones.
"You have scars, you have limits. I couldn't lift my arms to brush my hair or brush my teeth very well," said Lynda Churchill-Gordon.
Churchill-Gordon was received the call from her doctor last July.
"They went through everything. The night I had mastectomies, they stayed with me until I fell asleep and brought me milkshakes. The owner had a dinner for me. Most of the staff came. They gave me cards and flowers and balloons. They were cheering us on with 146 ribbons personalized to me," Churchill-Gordon said.
The feeling is mutual.
"We've just grown to have a big bond with her," said Jessica Hotchkiss, who works at the Otis Grill.
"It's been a journey. I love Lynda, she's a nice girl," Hotchkiss said.
One year and several surgeries later, Churchill-Gordon is healthy and on her road to a full recovery.
"This is family, this is family here," she said.
Those Otis Grill pancakes help, too.