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Knitting entered my life only a mere 6 months...
Created By: Amanda Fox

Knitting entered my life only a mere 6 months ago. I used to be a scrapbooker. Now if I try to scrapbook all I think about is "I could be knitting right now". That all changed in May of last year.

I had been having some strange things happening with my left side of my face. I called my chiropractor thinking i had a pinched nerve. He told me to go to a general doctor because he thought i had a seizure. Me, a seizure, I'm only 28? This had to be some kind of sick joke that the universe was playing on me. I had already lost so much that year, first a miscarraige, then a husband, than my home. All i could think of was "what next god"? My doctor was amazing. He quickly ordered a battery of every kind of test I could think of. Then finally what I thought was good news. I was not having seizures but now my next stop was to the neurologist.

A week later i finally had an answer. I have a rare condition called Arnold Chairi Malformation, which basically means that my brain is too big for my head and it was moving into my neck. I was completely lost, scared, just a complete mess emotionally. Within a few months i had a team of doctors on my side. During all this testing I also found out that i have narcolepsy (that explains so much). Surgery was scheduled for november so i would still have hair for my little sisters wedding in october.

Then in August I was "let go" from my job. All I could do was cry when they told me, I kept sobbing saying "I have to have brain surgery, what am I supposed to do,I'm a single mom, what am I supposed to do?". They didnt have an answer but clean out your desk. My surgery was moved up for insurance reasons to the end of the month. I had three weeks to get ready. I was told I could be in bed for months so i decided i needed a hobby that I would be able to do laying on my back. At that point I decided it would be knitting. I began watching knitty gritty on DIY network and with the help of that show and the internet I taught myself how to knit in no time.

I had my surgery on Aug. 31st 2006 and it was a great success. That evening of the surgery i was in the neuro ICU unit. I asked a nurse to hand me my yarn, she laughed and said "honey, you cant knit like this" my response was "hun, i can knit anywhere". She gave them to me and i havent stopped knitting. Every step of my recovery included my yarn and needles. I was up and around within a week, much faster then they ever expected and i couldnt wait to get to a yarn store. I was also able to make it down the aisle for my sisters wedding and yes i had hair, I couldnt have an updo but all the hair was mine.

During all the pain, fear, hospitals and recovery my lion brand wool has been by my side. This has become more than just a hobby to me, it stands for so much more than that. To me everytime i knit a project I think of how blessed i am that i am here to be able to create this fabric, that at the most scarey time of my life i could forget everything for a while to lose myself in my project. Knitting has helped me over the rough waters life gave me and knitting will be here during the smooth sailing as well.

thank you for letting me share my story

Amanda Fox

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