Part 5: Bishop goes home; 'can't wait' to get back to work
July 9, 1996
Episcopal Bishop Geralyn Wolf was discharged from Women & Infants Hospital yesterday afternoon, five days after undergoing a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery.
She felt tired and sore - "worse than the third day of field hockey camp," said the bishop, a former athlete - but was happy to be going home, muggy weather and all.
With the bishop was her sister, Barbara Cooper, 43, a magazine editor in Santa Fe, N.M., and a friend, Vicki Ellis, who was to return home to Philadelpia later in the day.
"I can't wait till I'm back again, ready to begin visitations" to Rhode Island's Episcopal parishes, she said. She does not know how long her recovery will be, but says she has not canceled any of her September appointments.
Shortly before leaving the hospital, Wolf met with the Journal-Bulletin and Channel 10.
Having a mastectomy might have been more traumatic, she told Channel 1 2reporter Kelly McGee, if she was "a woman who focused a lot on her appearance, on her breasts," but her role models have always been women with "a mission in life."
Not like Pamela Lee Anderson? said McGee.
"I don't even know her," said Wolf.
She's on a show called Baywatch, said McGee - "She wears a bathing suit on TV."
"I don't watch TV," said Wolf.