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Four years ago, my life was a dream come true. I...
Created By: Bethany Jayne Harrison

Four years ago, my life was a dream come true. I had a job that I loved, a husband I adored, and everything seemed to finally be working out for me.

Then came my accident. I fell backwards down 14 stairs and ruptured two discs in my lumbar spine. After a few months of treatment, there was still no improvement. I could not spend more than 10 minutes on my feet, or sit for more than 5 minutes. I finally had to give up my dream job.

Now that I had tons of time on my hands, I decided to pick up an old hobby - crocheting. My mom and my great-grandmother had both taught me to crochet when I was very small, and as a teenager I made several large afghans and pillows. But I never had learned how to read a pattern.

I bought a couple of "beginner" books and went to work. I must have re-crocheted that first skein about 50 times before I finally got the hang of it.

I started slowly - completing a project about every three months or so. My first was an afghan for my grandmother, who was thrilled. In June of 2005, I had spinal fusion surgery and a life-threatening infection. So my crochet production sped up, due to all the enforced "down-time". Eventually, I was completing a project every week or two! Since then, I have had more problems with my spine, and more surgeries are scheduled, but I credit crocheting with saving my sanity!

There is just something so very soothing in counting off stitches in a pattern and watching your work grow hour by hour. I've now graduated to the more intricate designs, and last year I managed to crochet all my Christmas gifts!

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