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Hope and Recovery
Created By: Deborah Smith

I have been knitting for over 25 years but it wasn't until 2 years ago that I realized how much it has influenced my life. I had Stage Zero breast cancer and had to have a mastectomy. I was one of the truly lucky ones. I didn't need chemo or radiation and I've been disease-free for 2 wonderful years. Knitting really helped me get back to normal life. I was able to start knitting again 4 days after surgery. It was the first normal activity I was able to resume. Though it may sound trivial, feeling normal after a mastectomy is such a welcome relief!

I had a phased reconstruction after the mastectomy that took about 12 weeks. During those 12 weeks people asked me how I felt. I replied that when I looked at the area under reconstruction I didn't see what was actually there. Instead, in my mind, I saw what would soon be there. I compared the reconstruction to a skein of yarn. Like most knitters, when I look at a skein of yarn I don't see just the skein, but rather all the possible garments that skein can yield. I never would have guessed that all those years of knitting had molded me into a hopeful, forward-thinking person!

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