Ultimately, Boswell considers herself lucky when it comes to her cancer diagnosis. She underwent two surgeries without having to do other treatment options.
“I was lucky it didn’t spread anywhere,” she said.
A few pieces of the Puzzle of HOPE take shape at Tuesday’s Columbus Cancer Cancer Foundation picnic in Pawnee Park.
Boswell said she has become an advocate for both children and adults to get their human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine because HPV led her to develop cervical cancer.
“That was 27 years ago when they didn’t know what HPV was,” Boswell said.
As for Ruskamp, Ryan said his wife was “a trooper” during her cancer diagnosis. Laura, a daycare owner, missed just two weeks of work while undergoing chemotherapy, he said, and his job was accommodating as well.
“She was due to have chemo on Monday, and Thursday was her bad day,” Ryan said. “…I tried to be the best I could for her and just be strong for her. I also found it hard to see her go through all that.”
Laura said their family and friends were phenomenal at helping them. Their children, who were 8 and 10 years old at the time of her diagnosis, were also understanding, she added.
“We were very open with the children,” says Laura. “They were great through it.”
Still on the way: Relay For Life coming to Columbus later this month
After such a difficult time in their lives, Ryan and Laura prepare to celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary in September.