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Realizing what is important
Created By: Jane Gallant

I am a 46 year old single mom of 5 kids aging now from 23, 21, 19, 12, 9. In my early twenties I had done a little crocheting. I could not read a pattern but I could garter stitch a scarf from here to eternity and your basic granny square. My mother had knitted and crocheted all of her life.

Well as you can guess wasn't much spare time for hobbies with working full time and so many kids.

On February 1, 2003 I had a excruiting pain in my upper right arm that would not go away for two days but I just kept taking advil. Finally the pain got so bad I went to the hospital, thank god, I was having a stroke. I stayed in the hospital for three weeks for tests and two angiograms. They could not find exactly what had caused the stroke. The only damage that I could notice was my upper arm seemed like it was badly bruised. After exiting the hospital I stayed off work another three weeks. The day I got home I picked up a pair of knitting needles and started knitting a scarf, at first I could only knit for a short period of time but bit by bit my arm went back to normal.

I sat back and started thinking about how I had been pushing myself. I had a high-stress job, most times when I arrived home at dinner time, I would prepare dinner, throw on a load of wash, and even make homemade cookies while I was cooking dinner, most evenings not heading upstairs to my bedroom for rest until 9:00 o'clock.

Well since arriving home from the hospital, I learned how to read a pattern for knitting and crocheting and have made tons of stuff for friends, kids friends and relatives. The stroke made me slow down and along with the knitting and crocheting I discovered spending more time with my kids, mostly the two younger ones. I now head upstairs to watch TV and relax around 7:00 which is knitting and helping my kids do their homework.

I believe the knitting has mellowed me out and relaxed my life, which was exactly what I needed to do before it was to late.

My older daughters have tried to talk me into selling my projects but then I would pressure on myself to do as many projects as possible which would defeat the whole purpose of the relaxing factor. Knitting has come to be a huge part of my daily living and I love it. I have used the Lionbrand website for lots of patterns and I think knitting may have saved my life because it just made me slow down and relax for me and to take a outside look at my life.

Thanks Lionbrand!

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