Saturday, March 1, 2008

Calling all knitters



This is a picture taken last summer of my sister Beth (left) and her best friend Dona. In this picture they are showing off their very first felted bags. They get together at a coffee shop every Monday to knit.

In November 2006, Dona was diagnosed with colon cancer. She did everything that the doctors suggested, including chemotherapy and was cancer free. A couple of weeks ago they found two spots on one of her lungs. She is going to Dallas this week to meet with an Oncologist who seems confident that they can remove these spots, unfortunately she will have to have chemotherapy again.

That's where you guys come in. I would be thrilled if anyone reading this would join me in making some chemo caps, or comfy socks, or anything else that might offer some comfort to someone having to endure chemotherapy...again.

Now for my thankfuls:
1. I am thankful for chemotherapy, even though the process is dreadful.
2. I am thankful for hazelnut flavored coffee.
3. I am thankful for sunny, warm Saturdays in March. (the high today in Tulsa is 73F/23C)

12 comments:

Marianne said...

I will do my best... will do a stash dive soon, see what I can come up with... in the meantime I'm sending all manner of love and healing energy to Dona.

Julie said...

Oh, life can be so unfair! I'd be happy to knit something soft and comforting for Dona. Sending good and healing thoughts her way.

Kristina B said...

Count me in for a cap. Maybe I can try out the Shedir - I have an odd skein of Calmer with no other intended use...

I like hazelnut coffee too, especially with vanilla.

Great felted bags!

Hobbygåsa said...

I don't know what to say, poor girl. I can make her a cap - I will look for a pattern right away. I too would have been thankful for 23 degrees Celcius, but it is getting warmer here too, the sun is actually warm and the snow is melting.

annie said...

I'm in. I have some beautiful alpaca and silk, just enough for a cap. Blessing to her and you.

KNITSABELLA said...

Oh gosh, I will definitely pray for your sister's friend. Cancer once is terrible, but twice must be unthinkably difficult. I will look into the stash to see what I have and what can be made with it.

And I'm so glad to hear its 73 degrees where you are! It's 70ish here as well (Northern California) and when its sunny and clear, its GORGEOUS.

Bea said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your sister's friend! I'd like to make a chemo cap. Would you prefer cotton or wool? (wool might be warm if there's 23C over there?)

Holly Bee said...

Am on it! Working my mojo in your direction!

Turtle said...

Life can be very unfair. Can i snag your address (not sure where i put it) and i can get a cap out to you for her!

Tina in Wonderland said...

Sorry about your sister's friend. The good thing is that if they are catching the spots on her lungs early enough, hopefully she'll make a full recovery very soon. Do you have a round idea of what Donna's shoe size is? Maybe I can whip her up a pair of socks. I seem to remember my grandma's feet staying cold when she was taking Chemo.

Like you, I love hazelnut coffee! Yum!

Dona said...

Dear Amy and blog readers.

I am overwhelmed!

Amy, I love to read your blog to see what cool knitting projects you are doing and to be inspired. When I saw you had posted our "purse picture" and a note about my upcoming surgery and chemo it really didn't click that the things would be for ME. Somehow I thought of them as just for any chemo patient that people knew. I didn't read the comments obviously -- until today. When Beth brought the lovely things from Maine and Norway to knitting last night I was in shock. I am new to knitting blogs and obviously the wonderful people who inhabit them are amazing. I think I'm going to cry. :)

I am having surgery on March 24th in Dallas -- and am already planning a knitting project for the hospital. I will start chemo about a month after that -- every 2 weeks for 6 months.

Amy, thank you so much for your thoughtfulness, and thanks to your wonderful blog readers. I really am going to cry.

Dona

Ps. 60:12 Through God we shall do valiantly. And it is He who will tread down our adversaries. (my cancer verse)

Ps. 18:37 I pursued my enemies and overtook them. And I did not turn back until they were consumed. (my chemo verse)

sipusa said...

*trying to send a lot og strenght to fighting against and a lot of optimism through internet*

Will you please send it on to her??

(and forgive me if my english sucks...:-P)