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How Knitting Saved My Sanity
Created By: Lynn Holloway

They tell you that after surviving five years, you are cancer-free. That's why it was so distressing at year seven to hear that diagnosis once again.

This time, they weren't so sure much could be done. Was this it? Was my life going to be over at age 47? They were willing to try radiation, knowing that chemotherapy would be ineffective and surgery would be impossible unless they could shrink my tumour.

Each day, I had to report to the radiation department and there was usually a wait. With my life in such turmoil, it was impossible to concentrate on reading, even a magazine. But then I noticed these baskets of wool and needles sitting around and began to pick them up.

It got so that I looked forward to my visit to radiation each day, just so I could knit! I had forgotten how much fun it was, though I was never very good at doing anything more than a straight line of purling or knitting.

When radiation was finished, I missed my daily knitting so much, I realized that this might be something to help me fill in the time while convalescing and waiting for surgery. It was so much fun to discover all of these fun new yarns that were available to make scarves. Now that was something I could do!

The rich colours of the yarn inspired me every day and all my friends and relatives were soon sporting the scarves that kept me entertained and feeling useful while stuck in a hospital bed at home. I even started finding old jewellry and attaching beads to the ends of the scarves. I wish I had taken pictures of the many beautiful items I have made and given away! There was a white one that I made with crystal beads of varying shapes on the ends that was a real knockout! I gave that one to a fundraiser for someone to use in their silent auction.

The surgery was successful, but it left me with a permanent case of lymphedema in my left leg which requires me to sit with my leg raised much of the time. I still sit and knit to this day, venturing into hats, booties, and I'm just trying toys now for children.

Knitting has saved me from boredom, allowed me to be creative once again, and feel like I'm making something of beauty and made with love for all my friends and relatives that receive them.

I can't imagine a life without knitting now! And, I am so glad to have my life!

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