Hope From Sandy

When Sandy learned about the inpatient oncology treatments she decided to share her special talents.

These patients are confined to dreary rooms. They aren’t allowed any flowers or plants.

What could she do to bring some brightness and hope into their lives?

A talented quilter, she donated these three gorgeous quilts.

The backs of these masterpieces are just as amazing as the fronts!

The patients will take these quilts home with them when they leave the hospital. What a wonderful message they received from Sandy, an extreme quilter!

 

 

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Delivery to Oncology Coordinator

There are some pretty serious cancer treatments out there.  Sometimes the patients require a hospital stay. This can be pretty devastating being stuck in a room for days on end and most times these patients are not even allowed flowers due to the seriousness of their condition and treatments.

Here is a delivery of blankets and shawls to cheer up the rooms.   The patient knows that somebody cared enough to take the time to knit or crochet them something special and they get to take their gift home with them at the end of their stay!

Knitting and Crocheting for Charity Delivery

A delivery to the oncology department.  We send hats, scarves, lap blankets or shawls.  These are given to the patients, care givers and nurses in the chemotherapy room.  They also are given to inpatient cancer patients to make their room a little more personal with a gift of a hand made little something.  They can look forward to taking their gift home at the end of their stay.

Note the blue and orange hat, GO BRONCOS!

And the cerveza box has magazines and books.

What did I manage to personally include?

A hand knitted lap blanket.

 

 

Redefined by Cancer

I was speaking to a long time friend about our recent cancer diagnosis-es.  We have known each other for about 20 years and both recently began our journeys as cancer survivors.

We both were struck how our lives had been redefined by cancer as we gabbed, catching up and discussing the latest about our conditions.

When we met 20 years ago neither of us knew the word metastasize or five year survival rate or waiting for the day you could say you were cancer free…   Neither of us knew the side effects of surgery to remove tumors, chemotherapy or radiation.  Now people ask us questions about these things and want our opinions.

I called my friend at the dinner hour.  20 years ago I would have said “I know its dinner time and you need to feed your family but I just wanted to say hi, lets talk soon.” or she would have said “I have to get dinner on the table, can we talk later?”

But we have been redefined.  Life is short.  Dinner can wait but friendships can’t.

LympheDivas Helping me cope with Lymphedema

Not a tattoo but a compression sleeve and glove to combat lymphedema.

Lymphedema was caused by damage from my cancer treatments.  I have to wrap my arm like this every night, applying compression to my arm to keep the accumulation of lymph fluid from swelling my arm into a scary huge mess:

Compression is 24-7.  During the day it is sleeves and gloves.  The sleeves and gloves suggested by my physical therapist are the same color and ugly as heck.  Note the seams on the fingers, makes typing a chore.

Discouraged I scoured the internet to find alternatives.  Ta-da!  LympheDivas, a comfortable and fun alternative.

Just working up the courage to wear one of these:

Lymphedema Treatment Act

Imagine you are told you have a condition that requires lifetime treatment.  The supplies you need are simple, some are expensive, but necessary to control your condition.  And then you find out your treatment supplies are consumed very quickly and must be replaced constantly.  And none of those supplies are covered by insurance.  And finally you realize if you don’t pay for all these supplies your condition will deteriorate and get worse.

There are many causes of lymphedema.  It touches people of all ages.

http://lymphedematreatmentact.org/