Sometimes a cause appears and you can’t not participate. For most of the Facebook world this year it was the ALS ice bucket challenge. For me it was Breast Cancer Awareness.
You see, a friend of mine was diagnosed earlier this year. Seemingly out of nowhere, she was flat out one day building a new business and community, and then wham! Lumpectomy, radiotherapy, and now chemotherapy, followed by five years of medication.
Lana started a campaign to encourage women to stay on top of checking their breasts, which is something I thought I did regularly, until I stumbled across this video:
I had no idea of some of these symptoms, and holy shit, I had one of them. Panic ensued, and I was off to the doc faster than you can spell mammogram. I was referred quickly to have a scan and ultrasound, and after a week of extreme stress I was given the all-clear. Thankfully I was not one of the 1 in almost 230 women my age who develop breast cancer. But, I have to monitor my breasts very closely to make sure there are no changes. Quite the near-miss to say the least.
But what does this have to do with crochet? Well. A while back, via via on Instagram, I came across a fabulous post requesting submissions for a Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Awareness blanket, all the way home in Australia. You see, October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so the timing was perfect.
How could I not participate? I immediately got to crocheting my square, digging around in my stash until I found the right colours, and whipped this up, based on a pattern by local designer Pukado:
I've been struggling with my crochet mojo lately and have been searching for the right project to revive it. When I saw an #igpinkribbonblanket square pop up on my timeline a few days ago I just knew it was the medicine I needed! My friend Lana (@smart_tinker) was diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and thanks to her I was prompted to have a thorough check which led to a BIG near-miss. This project is to raise awareness, but remember: ladies don't just double tap and scroll on, CHECK YOUR GIRLS! This square is going in the post tomorrow and winging its way to Australia to join about 100 others and become a giant pink awareness blanket with @insta_yarn_folk Cool or what? Now, spread the word. #cancer #igpinkribbon #pinkribbon #breastcancer ##haken #crochetlove #yarn
I popped it in the post, and this week I saw the latest blanket ready to be stitched together – what a beautiful, love-filled blanket!
It feels great that I could help contribute towards such a wonderful, important cause, and that somewhere in Australia, a woman in great need of comfort is going to receive this blanket and know that there are thousands of women out there supporting her.
Isn’t it amazing?