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Full Circle Therapy
Created By: S. edith selzler

I am a 60-something Benedictine Sister, too soon retired from teaching theology at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. Four years ago I was found to have level four endometrial cancer, with not much expectation of healing. Yet, here I still am, and feeling quite well, though with a few handicaps.

During chemotherapy, I began to lose feeling in the small, ring, and middle fingers of each hand and had some rehab exercises to do. These were quite boring - like squeezing a foam ball MANY times.
At that same time, faculty and student volunteers from our university were going to Guatemala to do nursing and physical therapy, and they were asking for infant blankets and laprobes for a nursing home.
Though I hadn't had time for years to do knitting or crocheting, now I had time on (and for) my hands. It proved to be ideal therapy for my hands to knit and crochet ten blankets in three weeks, at the same time as doing something loving for the beautiful people of Guatemala. More and more people from area churches and faculty friends donated yarn, and three of us Sisters created more than the volunteers could transport. The surplus articles we donated to an area Native American reservation and to Salvation Army.

The feeling came back to my hands, and the fun of the project kept my mind off the unpleasant aspects of chemo. Perhaps all that creativity and positive thinking made the unexpected happen - I have been cancer free for four years, and will return to part-time teaching this Fall. I still delight in crocheting and knitting, and intend not to give it up again!


 
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