Chemotherapy was rough. It took more out of me than I realized, and the side effects were horrible. Still through it all, I did my best to spread sunshine, happiness, and the love of God with others especially at the cancer center.
Knitting chemo hats was the first creative thing I did. After I knit a couple for me, I started knitting for other patients. My nurse saw me knitting and invited me to come knit with her weekly knitting group. I didn't feel like getting out and meeting new people. When you lose your hair from chemo, and you look sick, people tend to avoid talking to you. They don't know what to say. It's a lonely time. I took a proactive approach and spoke first most of the time if I felt well enough. Fast forward.
A few months later, during treatment, another of my nurses invited me, and I decided to try it. Surprisingly, the ladies saw me as a person not a cancer patient! The group accepted me and befriended me quickly. It was a turning point in my mental recovery from cancer. I began to knit more and learned new techniques. It's been good for me. Tuesday Knit Night is now a priority. Now it's time to begin sewing again, too.
When I sew, I feel like I am doing something that God created me to do. My mother and a very good high school sewing teacher taught me most of what I know. I used the money I received at high school graduation to buy myself a sewing machine. I couldn't imagine going off to college without one!
My treatments are over now, so I am challenging myself to sew every day in September. Even a few minutes will count. I hope to get back in the habit. I found a local friend to whom I can be accountable for the challenge. Thanks Carla! Tomorrow I will probably mend. I haven't kept up like I should.
I'm going to try to post some photos and write about what I'm up to. I may share projects, ideas, tools, or great websites that I've found.
Trying to get back to me
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