Last week, I saw a woman walking around at work with a scarf on her head. I was quite surprised, as I was not aware that this woman was ill. She sent me an email about a week ago, stating that she was out of the office recently because she was sick, but I just thought it was the flu. I cannot say for sure what is wrong with her, but my best guess is cancer.
If you live in this area, you are three times more likely to develop breast cancer. It’s a shame, but within my small little circle, there are 2 breast cancer survivors. I’m sure there are more, but most women don’t want to discuss it, as it’s so very, very frightening to even imagine.
My mother-in-law survived breast cancer about 14 years ago (before I knew my husband), and all I can say is that it’s a daily reality for her to continue to fight, even with her cancer in remission. I can only imagine what will happen the day the cancer returns. I cannot bear the thought of losing her to this deadly disease.
I have had illnesses all my life and been hospitalized close to 10 times. It was only when I moved to this area that people that I knew actually visited me in the hospital. I received so many email, calls, and texts to inquire how I was feeling, if I needed anything, etc. I was so very touched that people I saw everyday actually cared. It meant the world to me and it healed so much more than my body – it healed my mind.
When you have chronic illnesses, it’s not just your body that suffers. Your mind is constantly doubting the validity and meaning of life. Sometimes you just are too tired to continue to fight. But when others care about you, it gives you a little “umfph” to get over tiny hurdles. All those tiny hurdles add up to one long race.
With that aside, I really want to do something for the woman at work to let her know that people care. The best way I know to share that I care is to make something. Buying something just doesn’t mean the same thing.
I visited my LYS and the wonderful shopkeeper helped me pick out the right pattern and yarn. The result:
I chose this yarn as it’s getting warmer every day here and a wool or wool blend may just be too warm. But the cotton/alpaca provides some breathability without losing warmth. I really hope she likes it.