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Courage to Try New Things
Created By: Sharon Schafer Bennett

I taught myself to knit when I was 12 years old and I taught myself to crochet at 20. I only did simple things, and I gave them all away. It was an off again and on again hobby. Then in November of 1998 at the age of 37 I had a "minor" stroke. In April of 1999, I had brain surgery for an arterial venous malformation, a medical condition that affects only 300,000 people in the United States. 70% of AVMs are found on autopsy. Mine had been leaking for awhile, and I should have died from the brain hemorrhage. The stroke saved my life, but in recovery process I found I had lost all my mathematic ability past simple multiplication and division and the fine motor coordination in my right hand was gone. In the months following my stroke and brain surgery, I was spending a lot of time in waiting rooms. I decided the best way to get back the full use of my right hand was knitting. Before my stroke, I could tension off of either hand. Now, I tensioned off my left and struggled with just moving the needle with my right. After a year of working at it almost every day, I had full use of my right hand again. I practiced using fractions and decimals when I was figuring out knitting patterns. That came back too with the practice. I knit a couple of hats in the round for Project Ships after reading about it on the Lion Brand Web Site. I wanted to knit some slipper socks, but I had never knit socks. I had heard they were hard to do. Then I thought, I have survived and recovered so much, surely I can knit socks. So I did. It wasn't hard, it was easy. I was shocked. I could not believe that anything so simple had a reputation for being hard. All you have to do is count! So that was that. I have tried so many new things that I thought I couldn't do because I learned that if you don't try, you'll never accomplish anything. I have been teaching knitting and crochet in my area for the last 2 years. I just started back to college, and I am majoring in Accounting. I would never have made these steps if knitting hadn't helped bring me back.

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