My Happy Haven decorates room for Hampton woman

Several community organizations and area business, as well as individuals, helped in the redecoration of Karen Ringleb’s room. CAITLIN WARE/ HAMPTON CHRONICLE

Often times, a diagnosis of cancer can bring one’s world down around him or her. With the knowledge and experience of impending treatment, surgeries and lifestyle changes, being diagnosed with cancer can create a sense of disconnect and alienation from the lives that people once lived.

Mason City-based community service organization My Happy Haven (MHH) is trying to break that disconnect and cure that feeling of alienation, by providing women with cancer a new bedroom and an environment in which to rest peacefully and heal from the effects of the cancer and its treatments.

On Aug. 23, MHH redecorated Hampton woman Karen Ringleb’s bedroom, bringing their total room redecorations to seven since starting in November 2016.

Ringleb is a wife to Harold Ringleb, and mother of three children. On Jan. 3, 2017, Ringleb was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (breast cancer). She underwent surgery to remove the cancer, and is currently in a 16-treatment round of chemotherapy. After her chemotherapy ends, Ringleb will undergo five weeks of radiation therapy.

“I love it, I really do,” Ringleb said. “I really love it. I didn’t picture anything like this.”

Read the full article in the September 6 edition of the Hampton Chronicle.