When Sandra Pascoe was diagnosed with breast cancer, the St. Louis Blues helped her through it.
Pascoe, 52, lives in the United Kingdom and started watching hockey in 2003, which is the same year she became a Blues fan by happenstance.
After a friend in Los Angeles persistently told Pascoe that she needed to start watching hockey, she finally gave in.
"In the UK we have one game a week at 1 a.m. on Wednesday," Pascoe said. "And so I stayed up and watched a few Wednesday games. And a Blues game was one of the [teams] I saw."
Pascoe was immediately drawn to the Blues over other teams in the League.
"I just fell in love with the team opposed to all the other teams I saw because they had the work ethic that other teams didn't seem to have," she said.
For Pascoe, the Blues brought more than a few hours of entertainment each week - through hockey, she also gained community.
Pascoe describes herself as a "lone wolf" in her hometown of Penzance when it comes to being a Blues fan. But on a global scale, that is not the case.
After watching the Blues for a few years, Pascoe decided to subscribe to NHL.tv, where she started talking to other fans from the United Kingdom and the United States online during the game. It was that community and Blues games themselves that helped Pascoe through a rough spot after June 2016 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
"Everyday you need something to look forward to," she said. "The games were great in that I always had a Blues game to watch. It was a great distraction away from all the serious stuff that was going on."
While in chemotherapy, Pascoe decided to give herself something else to look forward to by planning a trip to the United States to cross not one, but two items off of her bucket list.
"I started planning and researching in September of 2016," she said. "I was in the middle of chemo. You tend to have a bit of an attitude change when something like that happens. I was determined not to put things off anymore."
Two years later, after beating cancer, Pascoe made the trip to St. Louis to see the Blues play the San Jose Sharks and the Winnipeg Jets Scottrade Center. She also crossed that other item off her bucket list by attending the Gallifrey One Doctor Who Convention in Los Angeles.
"It was a great thing because you do need an aim, you need a goal, something to look forward to when going through chemotherapy and this was it," she said.
Attending her first Blues game in February was truly a dream come true for Pascoe.
"Seeing them on home ice is beyond compare," she said. "It was rather emotional walking in and seeing the ice for the first time."
While Pascoe loved watching the game in person, her favorite part of the evening was watching the Blues warm up beforehand.
"I loved the warm-ups," Pascoe said. "I'm a bit of a fan of Brayden Schenn, so actually seeing those was great. I took enough pictures to practically fill my camera."
While in town, Pascoe enjoyed St. Louis to the fullest. She visited the Blues' practice facility at St. Louis Outlet Mall and had her fill of toasted ravioli. She also tried St. Louis frozen custard with the friends she met online through the Blues community.
Now that she has returned home to Penzance, Pascoe has one more thing to do: get her first yearly check up since beating breast cancer.