TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - A couple of women became friends while going through one of the toughest battles of their lives. Gail Phalen and Lillian McDonough met in March while battling cancer and going to chemotherapy at Arizona Oncology's East Valley Cancer Center.

"She was sitting down the aisle from me, and I said, 'hey, what are you eating,' and we just started talking, and it really has been a lifeline for me, and I know for her too," said Gail Phalen, who lives in Tempe.

Women become friends over chemo

The ladies said they requested to sit by each other for treatments and talked with each other ever since they met. 

The women realized they had many similarities. Both 65-year-olds were battling ovarian cancer and had similar treatments. "God puts the right people in your life," said McDonough. "I'm telling you, it's divine intervention."

The ladies said they requested to sit by each other for treatments and talked with each other ever since they met. "When you have somebody that's going through day in and day out all the trials and tribulations of chemotherapy, nobody knows it like somebody who is walking it with you and holding your hand," said Phalen.

"She is my silver lining," said McDonough. "She's my rainbow. She is just such a good friend." Wednesday, Phalen surprised McDonough at her last chemo treatment, dressing up and bringing her presents. Although the ladies are both finished with chemo, they said their friendship will last forever.


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