What would you do with your time if 6 months – 1 Year is what the doctor has just told you?
Meet Brenda of Oregon. Brenda came into my life last week via email with her touching story. You see, she is on a countdown as cancer has over taken her body. With her consent, I would like to share with you her story.
“I have been fighting cancer for over two years now. Sadly I am losing the fight and have been told I have probably 6 months to a year left. I’m pretty ordinary though and plan on being around longer. I have 4 kids (youngest is 13 and I plan to see her graduate high school in 4 years!!) and 2 grand kids. I am 47 years old.
I used to crochet a little bit years ago but working graveyard pretty much took all energy out of me and if I wasn’t sleeping or taking care of the family while I was at work. I came across your Facebook Page and decided to get back into crocheting and I’ve made about 5 afghans.
I am currently working on I think it’s called Rainbow Waves. I could not find 11 different colors at Walmart that worked together, so I bought 6 and will just repeat the rows.
I just wanted to tell you that you have brought crochet back into my life at a time when I really needed it. It takes me away from the sickness caused from chemo, the pain from the tumors, and the sadness knowing I’ll be leaving my family sooner than I would like. You may think that what you do is not really important, just fun. I dont know. But that’s not the case. I truly never even thought about crochet until I came across your page. You inspire me and bring me joy and peace. I cant thank you enough for that. Keep up the wonderful work that you do!”
This is why community and my Crochet Crowd Facebook Page is so important to me. We bring together people of all situations under one site. We connect, we reach out and we change others without realizing it. Your inspirational thoughts shared on another person’s comment or photo has the power to change someone’s day, outlook or spirit.
Brenda will be essentially leaving her afghans behind as she moves on. Her afghans filled with love, pain, struggle, inspiration and creativity. A memory of who she is to her family. “She hooks today, so she will keep her family warm tomorrow”.
This email really touched my heart when I got this. I actually cried as I was feeling down on the day it arrived and this reminded me of what my life’s purpose is. It was very brave of Brenda to share her story with you all. She is not the only one in our community faced with these obstacles but is a reminder of how diverse, unique and special we each are.
If you would like to leave a message for Brenda, you can do so by leaving a positive comment below on this blog.