‘Rose’s House’ blooms into a beautiful plan to help breast cancer patients recovering from surgery

Phil and Pat Gonzales.
Phil and Pat Gonzales. (Phil and Pat Gonzales.)

Pat Gonzales knows firsthand what it means to be diagnosed with breast cancer, go through radiation and then undergo a double mastectomy.

You could say it’s the ultimate reason she and her husband have moved forward with their vision for Rose’s House, a place where women undergoing cancer treatment can stay, with important tools and equipment they’ll need during recovery.

Before we get to that, let’s back up, because Pat and her husband Phil, who are turning 70 this year, have quite the story to explain why they’re creating this beautiful place for patients.

Rose, the neighbor

The Gonzales couple has lived on the northwest side of San Antonio for many years. That’s where they met their neighbor Rose.

“She was our neighbor for almost 30 years,” Phil said. “She kept to herself. She was an itty bitty person. Through the years, we got to be neighborly.”

Rose. (Phil and Pat Gonzales.)

One day, there was an ambulance outside Rose’s house and medics were In the process of taking her to a hospital.

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