You know how I feel about that f*cking disease (and my regular readers know what it can suck). Fortunately, Lisa has completed her chemo and is doing well. So well that, true to her character, she's not thinking of herself but is helping others. I'll let her tell her story.
When I went to my oncologist's office for the first time back in August I distracted myself by reading all of the signs posted on the walls. That way I didn't have to think about what was coming down the pipe....chemo, surgery, radiation....lots of stuff that scared the shit out of me but all of it out of my control. So one of the signs said, "Do you want to be a happy hooker?" Well, that caught my attention! Turns out it was for the next meeting of the "happy hookers", a group my doctor started. They get together once a month and crochet hats and blankets for the chemo patients that receive treatment at her office...which I was about to be one of!If you've ever known someone with breast cancer--and at this point who doesn't?-- you know how helpless you feel. You want to do something. Well. here's something you can do. If you can, please help Lisa reach her goal. You can find out more or place an order by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada has several offices around the valley. I went to an appointment at a different office one day and realized that they didn't have a program to provide hats for their patients. I began to donate my hats there instead. Yarn got expensive! Ideas began to roll around in my head for how to keep these donations going. I'd go to sleep thinking about it and then I'd wake up in the middle of the night thinking about it. Always at 4 a.m. because cancer patients who are on steroids never get a good night's sleep..lol..that is my new wake up time!..arrggg.
So I settled on a buy one/share one program and my husband Todd came up with the name "Hats Unto Others," like "Do Unto Others as you'd have them do unto you." :) Very clever, that man of mine!
I've had a great response. I think that is because it is a win/win situation for everyone involved. I get to make hats to give to people who need them and now have funding to buy the yarn. Also, I get to be really creative in making the custom hats that people order. The buyer gets a cool hat for themselves and the satisfaction of having another hat donated in their name. Now they are able to help a cancer patient too! The cancer patient gets a hat, which is a very good thing because until you've experienced a bald head you don't realize just how cold it can be! LOL
When I am at home in the evening I almost always have on a hat...my head just gets very cold. I know other women who've lost their hair feel like I do. There have been nights when I've slept with one on because even though I'm nestled under the covers my shiny bald head is not! It's helped a great deal.
I've had 30 orders so far. I'm very pleased with that and I'll continue making the donation hats even if no one else ever orders. As long as I have yarn, I'll keep going. I've set a goal of donating 1000 hats and I intend to reach it
How I wish my aunt were still here on earth with us; I would have loved to buy her a couple of hats. Although she did manage to find one herself...
|B.A.J. was so funny!
I'd so rather cry out of anger.
But what is there to be angry about? Let's enjoy every minute of life today, shall we? And thank you, dear Lisa, for being the angel on earth that you are. With every cell in my body, I wish you a full recovery and a long, long life ahead.