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Knitting through the Cancer
Created By: Sherrie L Redden

I've knitted since I was a kid. Never constantly, I'd try a new craft and come back to knitting. I had been sick for a year before the doctors discovered the cancer. I then had to undergo surgery that left me with a long incision that cut through muscle.

Having worked all my adult life and suddenly not able to work I needed to feel productive. Writing hurt and working at a computer hurt, the one thing I could do that didn't cause me pain was knit.

So I rediscovered knitting. Once I began healing came radiation therapy and then chemo therapy. Don't let anyone tell you there is no such thing as chemo brain because there is.

Again the only activity that I could concentrate on with any succees was knitting. Partly because I think it is my passion. Since then I've healed, been cancer free for nearly four years and I'm still knitting.

One thing I wanted to do was make knitting part of my ministry and I've managed to do that. We now have a knitting (fiber arts) group at our church we meet about once a week and I have shared my passion with many and continue to do so.

Without knitting I would have not have healed so quickly from the surgery or gotten through chemo. It helped to keep my attitude remain bright, because I could feel productive.
And I was able to make things for others which thrills my heart as much as the knitting itself.

I'm not sure which is more fun, the knitting or the giving away of the labor of love and prayers each item holds. I sometimes have to remind my oldest niece (very lovingly) she is not the only person I knit for.

I thank God for this gift He's given. The ability to knit, the resource such as (which I can not live without), and the joy that comes from quiet time with my yarns, knitting needles and gadgets.

Knitting trully is the NEW YOGA.

Sherrie L. Redden

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