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Finding a way
Created By: Helen Ashenfelter

I had never heard of the prayer shawl ministry until an e-mail came from Lion Brand Yarn. At that point, I was coming to terms with a sister who had procrastinated on getting a check up-only to be diagnosed with colon cancer.

She required chemotherapy. Her husband banished phone calls during the chemotherapy because he felt it took too much out of my sister to talk on the phone. I desparately needed to feel a part of her treatment process-so the prayer shawl was a way I could be doing something to help. I went out the next day and got yarn and began to knit. Thanks to a lovely snow storm that kept me inside for a couple of days, the shawl was knitted fast and wen in the mail along with a card.

I explained that as I knit, I prayed for her to heal, for her to feel my presence during her treatments and for her to know that I was here if she wanted to talk.

The day she received the shawl, she called. One of the things she was having the most difficulty with was always being cold. The shawl solved one problem. She was wrapped up in it as we talked and I expressed how hard it was for me not to call and check on her but I didn't want to tire her out. (She didn't know her husband had banished calls.) I was informed that I could call anytime I wanted to and she made short order of my brother-in-law and phone calls.

She made a recovery and was cancer free for 2 years. When a reoccurrance of the cancer happened and chemo and radiation were both required, the shawl remained a vital part her treatment. It remains on her chair so that anytime she feels cold, she can simply throw it on-or when she needs to feel a hug emotionally.

As I was typing this, the phone rang and it was her. We are sisters and best of friends. I know that my prayers have been answered and so have hers.

Whether it be one or a hundred-reaching out in someway may be the life line that person needs to hope.

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