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Crocheting and the cancer patient
Created By: Wendi DuVall

My mother first taught me to crochet in 1998 when I was pregnant with my daughter and on bed rest for pre-term labor. It helped me pass the months, but crocheting really became my sanity-solution when I was diagnosed with breast cancer 2006 and began eight rounds of chemotherapy. Each chemo treatment lasted four hours and all there was to do was sit and stare at the walls. So I asked my mother to come with me sometimes when my husband had to work, and we would take our crocheting and work on our projects while we chatted with the nurses and other patients. I made five hats, a scarf and a poncho during those four months and each time I went in to the doctors office the nurses and other patients were eager to see what I was working on that week. The hats of course served a very useful purpose since I was bald and it was winter and I had fun experimenting with soft yarns and chenilles. I finished my chemotherapy treatments in January and my hair has begun to grow back, but each time I look at those hats it brings back sweet memories of a really challenging time in my life. I plan to donate my hats to my oncologists office for other patients who don't know how to crochet or who may be older and find it difficult to work with their hands. I hope that the love and caring I put into those hats will somehow be felt by those people who wear them in the future.

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