Two women, two survivors, one legacy - Tucson News Now

Two women, two survivors, one legacy

Tori Crisione (left) and Sherri Hitchings (Source: Sherri Hitchings) Tori Crisione (left) and Sherri Hitchings (Source: Sherri Hitchings)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Two women Sherri Hitchings and Tori Crisione have lives that are uniquely parallel. Despite working side by side they shared a bond that they would not uncover until many years after the fact. In their younger years they were both active members of the Military. Tori in the Air Force and Sherri in the Coast Guard

they each moved to Tucson from California and both started working at Odyssey Hospice.

They had been working under the same roof, and shared nearly the same story but it wasn't until they began talking at church one Sunday and began to realize despite their adventurous pasts, their biggest bond would be over cancer.

"It as like bang bang bang for us," is how Crisione describes her experience with cancer. It nearly took out her entire family one by one. Crisione found a lump and her partner and registered nurse knew right away it was bad. Turns out it was a rare form and for her to live the measures would be drastic.

This is not unlike Sherri's story. Having already fought ovarian cancer and working as a caretaker for her father suffering from cancer, she too found a lump that proved her fight was far from over.

"I wanted to live, this doesn't have to be a death sentence, it doesn't have to be that way," said Hitchings.

the friendship they have formed over their fight to survive will last forever and now they have become the office liaisons at their hospice because with one in 8 us women being diagnosed more and more co-workers turn to them for advice and support.

"The support element is key and we have a lot of fun," says Hitchings. Two women, two survivors, one legacy.

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