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Waterloo breast cancer patient receives bedroom makeover, making life easier

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WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) - While the pandemic has changed all of our lives, one organization has changed one Waterloo woman's life for the better.

Gynger Ellis is a stage 4 breast cancer patient who had to endure a major brain surgery after her cancer metastasized to her brain. Ellis said the surgery left her partially paralyzed, confining her to a wheelchair.

"They took out the largest tumor, but had to leave a couple of tumors that weren't causing too much trouble," Ellis said.

During her recovery, she had a hard time getting in and out of her bedroom and realized needed more space.

"The wheelchair wasn't going to fit through the door," Ellis said, "I wasn't able to transfer to my bed in the bedroom."

For months, she and her husband camped out in their living room. However, that all changed, when 'My Happy Haven' answered their prayers.

'My Happy Haven', is an organization that provides bedroom makeovers for women with cancer. Operating off of donations, the organization came in and gave her room a whole new look.


  • new furniture
  • wood floors
  • painted walls
  • decorations

However, the greatest change was the wheelchair space to move in and out, freely.

Gynger has enjoyed her bedroom through the holidays! She is so generous giving thanks to My Happy Haven! It’s MHH’s...

Posted by My Happy Haven - Waterloo/Cedar Falls on Saturday, December 26, 2020

'My Happy Haven' found out about Ellis after Unitypoint Social worker, Mary Kobliska, submitted their story to them. Kobliska told KWWL she was thrilled to see this unfold for the family.

"The work my happy haven was able to do for her and give her back a little bit of normalcy into her life again," Kobliska.

Ellis knows her journey hasn't been smooth sailing, but said this act of kindness give does give her hope.

"It makes me feel loved by the people that have helped this project come together."

Gynger Ellis

Ellis is now able to get herself in and out of her room without anything getting in her way. She will be continuing treatments at Unitypoint Community Cancer Center in Waterloo.

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Alaina Kwan

Morning Reporter

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