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A Birth, An Illness and a Rebirth
Created By: Debbie Moffitt

My story begins with the birth of my first grandchild. A beautiful baby boy. Being a mother of three was wonderful but when our little grandson came along I knew that my life was complete. God had truly blessed us and now I was to begin this new chapter in my life of being a very loving Grandmother... or so I thought.

My daughter-in-law had other plans. We always knew that she was very possessive of my son's time but we never knew this would only increase with the birth of their son, our grandson.

And so the story begins. Time can be our friend or our enemy and in this case it turned out to be our enemy. We got to spend very little time with our grandson even though we wanted more. His time was always spent with her parents and very little was shared with me and my husband, the oh-so-loving Grandpa.

This in turn made me very sad and depressed. I went through all the stages of grief, Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance. Little did I know that my close friend would soon be going through these same stages of grief but for a much greater reason. Her mom had been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

She emailed me one day and wanted to know if I knew how to crochet or knit. She was looking for some chemo caps for her mom and for her also. She has really long hair and was going to cut it short when her mom lost her hair thinking this would help her mom to cope better.

I felt that I had let my friend down when all she had asked of me, other than prayers, was something that I could crochet or knit, but I did not know how.

My friend had just had a new baby of her own and we shared stories of my new grandchild and her new baby boy. But I had not shared the heartbreak I was going through in not getting to see my grandson very often.

As the days went by, I cried, felt sorry for myself and withdrew. In my heart I knew this was not right. I knew there were others in this world that were going through so much more. Sure, I wanted more time with our grandchild but that was small in comparison to what my friend was facing.

So I went to our local craft store. I talked to the lady at the store and told her I wanted to learn how to crochet and how to make caps.. chemo caps to be exact. She told me all about the hooks I would need and all about the different yarns available. I left the store with one hook, one skine of yarn and a book on how to crochet caps.

That day changed my life in a very good way.

When I got home I searched the internet and came across the "Lion Brand Yarn" site. There I downloaded "How to Crochet" and loads of patterns. My very first cap was not from the book I had just purchased but from this site.

Crocheting has totally eased the sadness of not seeing our grandchild as much as we would like. I now am on a mission. A mission of love for my friend's mom. With every stitch I crochet I am sending up prayers. I may not be able to heal my friend's mom of her cancer but I can share with her my ever so humble caps made with love.

I am no longer focused on me. My focus is now where it should be... On helping others. I have learned that it is truly more blessed to "give" than to "receive".

I thank God for people and companies who share so many patterns on the internet. By doing such you will NEVER know, other than through our stories, of how lives have been changed for the better.


One very content Grandmother...

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