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Created By: Susan Klinger

My mother taught me to knit when I was 7 years old. I'm 57 now, so I've done a lot of knitting through the years; when it was popular, when it wasn't popular. I just kept on knitting. I've made a lot of sweaters for myself, sweaters for every boyfriend I have ever had, my husband, my nieces, my grand nieces and grand nephews, friends. You name a person and I have made a sweater for them.

One day a colleague of mine at work told me she was going into the hospital for a stem cell transplant; she had cancer and it was her only chance of survival. I decided to knit her a hat to wear while she was in the hospital since she was going to lose her hair. I told her it was a "magic hat" and it would keep her safe. That was ten years ago and she is still alive.

I made a few other "magic hats" but the magic didn't always work. Then a few years ago, I myself was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis, a rare autoimmune neuromuscular disease. It's treatable and rarely fatal and so I go monthly to a local Chemo Center to get my treatments which are infusions of gamma globulin sitting right next to patients who have cancer and may not make it.

After a few months of my own treatments I decided that I needed to do something to - in my own mind justify the use of the Chemo Center so I started knitting Chemo Caps and gave them away to anyone there who wanted one. I actually use Jiffy yarn and make about 10 or 12 caps a month and bring them in to the nurses and they put them out on the counter for anyone to take. Sometimes I sit there and knit one during my own treatment.

I don't know if the caps have worked magic for anyone else, but I do know that they have at least given each patient a moment of kindness and me a tremendous feeling of hope for all of them and me too.

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