As those of you close to me know, life around here has been pretty hectic the past few months. I think the insanity started with preparing to Sock Summit, which quickly rolled into SOAR, the fiber club gaining many more members, working with designers, and classes at AVFKW really taking off. We have been blessed with a growing business. That said, behind the scenes we have been going through something really sad.
I've kept quiet about it because I think that writing about it would it make it more real. And, as I write it does. Adrienne sister-in-law, Donna, was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer about a year and a half ago. Her cancer went into remission. At the beginning of October, Donna participated in a walk for breast cancer. She was having stomach pains so they went to the hospital. At that time, she learned that she had liver cancer. From what I've learned, I guess that it is somewhat common for breast cancer to develop into lung cancer or liver cancer. The doctor gave Donna the awful news that she had only a few months to live. Whats worse, is that Donna was responding poorly to her pain medication, so she went into intensive care, and was in so much pain that she was incoherent. This was all happening the week before SOAR. It was daunting to head into the middle of Oregon - now knowing what was going to happen to Donna. Upon arrival to Oregon, we received good news. That Donna had been moved from ICU to a regular hospital room. She was coherent and now we family could talk to her again. She then returned home.
As soon as I heard about Donna's illness, I proposed to Adrienne that we make her a shawl. We decided to team knit the Daybreak Shawl. Knitting this shawl for Donna seemed to give some direction to our anxiety, sadness, and worry transforming those emotions into something beautiful that could provide comfort and warmth. Donna loves sunflowers so we used golds, browns, and reds.
Earlier in the week, we learned that Donna had to go back to the hospital. After spending a few days undergoing blood work. We have just learned that Donna is not doing well. Her liver and her blood work...so, if you are knitting this week, or spinning, if you could just dedicate a few stitches to Donna - a few thoughts her way, and to her family, I would really like that.