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Quilt for The Packhorse and irishwitch - it's almost done!

Hopeful has written about the shock of learning that she has breast cancer.  Her first diary about it, I was just diagnosed with breast cancer, was the reason for this quilt.  Her second, Breast Cancer - the War is On has this update:

Here's an update: the tumor is estrogen positive, so that is some good news. All other receptors are negative. I had an MRI and there is a bigger mass than they could see before. They recommend total mastectomy. And, they found another tumor (very, very small one) on the right as well.

So, one total mastectomy and lumpectomy or two totals?

There are very hard choices ahead of hopeful not to mention the surgery and other treatents.  Her surgery is March 3 -- maybe too close to get the quilt done beforehand.  But we would like to try.  Having the loving words of her friends to wrap up in can only help her with the tough things she needs to get through to achieve healing.

We are short 23 messages and $382 for this quilt.

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Annalyze5's quilt, showing the backing

What is a community quilt?  It is a quilt that contains loving messages from you transcribed by me in archival ink on muslin.  Those words, combined with colorful fabrics, will give hopeful a lift anytime she needs one.  She'll be able to rest under this blanket of love and cry into it if she needs to.  It will be a wonderful gift from the community and it will see her through to health...

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Namvetkato's quilt

It takes time and material to make one of these quilts and it is a living for me and my sister.  If you would like to donate toward the cost of hopeful's quilt, here is a PayPal link - or message me for an address if you prefer a check.  $15/message is suggested but some kindly give more to cover for those who cannot afford to donate but who have lovely messages to give.  Your message is welcome whether you can give or not.

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Vetwife's quilt, showing the backing

These people have left messages for hopeful so far:

1.    Louisiana 1976
2.    Vetwife
3.    Texasmom
4.    llbear
5.    NormAl1792
6.    cfk in the Thumb of Michigan
7.    Kitsap River and Charles CurtisStanley
8.    Pam from Calif
9.    JaxDem
10.    nomandates

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Construction of the pieced borders for Vetwife's quilt

Need inspiration?  Here are some of hopeful's messages:

Love and healing strength to you as the golden threads weave a warm hug for you!  Vetwife

Wrap up tight in the warmth of this quilt, and draw from it the strength you need to do much more good for others, just as a few of us have done for you. May that diagnosis become a footnote in your biography, while the good you do becomes what you are known for. llbear

hopeful, As this quilt warms your body, may our love warm your soul.  NormAl1792

Each thread of this quilt is a thread of community.
Each stitch is a stitch of love.
Together, they will take you through times of strength, times of joy, and times of need.
Love, your Daily Kos community, and your quilt will support you through anything. Kitsap River and Charles CurtisStanley

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LoreleiHI's quilt

These are the community quilts completed to date:

1. othniel (cellulitis and ensuing complications, RIP)
2. exmearden (cancer of heart and lung, RIP)
3. MsSpentyouth (brain tumor)
4. Moe99 (lung cancer, RIP)
5. Michelle Caudle (ovarian cancer, RIP)
6. BFSkinner (lupus)
7. Kitsap River (long wait for kidney donor that ended 2/18/11)
8. Frederick Clarkson (blood clots)
9. Dreaming of Better Days (lymphoma)
10. one bite at a time (lost house and belongings to fire)
11. Timroff (cellulitis)
12. Sol Fed Joe (multiple cancers and health problems)
13. Brubs (AIDS, immune reconstitution syndrome)
14. rserven (gall bladder infection with dangerous complications)
15. grndrush (brain tumor, RIP)
16. ImpeachKingBushII (needs liver transplant)
17. andsarahtoo (lupus)
18. Frank Cocozzelli (muscular dystrophy)
19. luvsathoroughbred (breast cancer)
20. Predictor (stroke and HIV)
21. Austex54 (caretaker to othniel)
22. Theodore Olbermann, RIP
23. cskendrick (antibiotic resistant infection)
24. Keith Olbermann (caregiver to father)
25. Juan (cancer)
26. Ana (a young horse belonging to Juan, hit by truck)
27. MA Liberal’s mother (Alzheimer’s)
28. Charles CurtisStanley (caretaker to Kitsap River)
29. Lorikeet (cervical cancer)
30. Dr. Lori (metastatic cancer)
31. ulookarmless (cancer, heart condition, stroke, RIP)
32. riverlover (caregiver to husband suffering from liver failure, now widowed)
33. Melody Townsel (caregiver to dying father, now deceased)
34. dadanation (AIDS)
35. Dr. William F. Harrison (leukemia, RIP)
36. Larry Bailey (sudden loss of partner to heart attack)
37. ramara (adopted son with fetal alcohol syndrome)
38. Noor B (herniated disk from car accident)
39. Louisiana 1976 (fibromyalgia, severe arthritis, depression)
40. stumpy (MS, stroke, RIP)
41. bleeding heart's niece (cancer, RIP)
42. escapee (failure of corneal surgery)
43. SarahLee (lymphoma, Lyme Disease)
44. Bustergirl (ovarian cancer)
45. mimi's niece (cancer, RIP)
46. ZenTrainer (breast cancer)
47. Miss Blue (severe injury to shoulder, anxiety over coverage for surgery)
48. Granny Doc (bladder cancer, RIP)
49. mango (heart attack)
50. nudger (ovarian cancer, RIP)
51. DaNang65 (heart condition)
52. Lt. Choi (exhaustion)
53. Nurse Kelley (spinal stenosis)
54. Ben Masel (lung cancer, RIP)
55. Otterary Scribe (caregiver, grieving grandfather, grieving widower)
56. Aji (autoimmune diseases incl. fibromyalgia, inflammatory arthritis, & Chronic Epstein-Barr Virus Syndrome)
57. JaxDem (suddenly widowed)
58. DavidW (AIDS and other undiagnosed illness)
59. Jester the Marine (facing amputation of leg)
60. peregrine kate (endometrial cancer)
61. mimi (grief due to family illnesses)
62. alliedoc (endometrial cancer, RIP)
63. labwitchy (diffuse scleroderma)
64. Daily Kos (celebrating community)
65. belinda ridgewood (sudden loss of her mother)
66. princesspat (blood clots, deep vein thrombosis)
67. Scott Olsen (severe head injury)
68. SensibleShoes (caring for sister with brain cancer)
69. Joanna (cancer)
70. cany (grieving caretaker of mother with dementia)
71. Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse (breast cancer)
72. Scottie Thomaston (intense chronic pain from spine, kidney stones)
73. paradise50 (throat cancer)
74. woodtick (caregiver to mother with Alzheimer's)
75. BeninSC (mulitple fractures from bicycle accident)
76. Adrian (colon cancer)
77. Smoh (breast cancer, stroke, depression)
78. slksfca (sudden onset of arthritis requiring hip replacement)
79. arizonablue (grief and exhaustion)
80. Lorikeet (grieving widow - this quilt was a gift from the Rescue Rangers)
81. remembrance (breast cancer) and Glen the Plumber (her caregiver)
82. MassHarry (colon cancer)
83. Regina in a Sears Kit House (severe immune problems from Lyme Disease)
84. nannyboz (grief for father, crippling back pain requiring surgery)
85. raina (grief)
86. earicicle (breast cancer)
87. AntKat (cancers of the throat, RIP)
88. Alma (breast cancer)
89. DarkHawk98 (lung cancer)
90. llbear (brittle diabetic)
91. michelewin (grief and trauma)
92. Dave in Northridge (grieving widower)
93. racheltracks (complications from knee surgery)
94. Ebby (grief and stress)
95. Leaves on the Current (cancer)
96. Carol in San Antonio (cancer)
97. commonmass (grieving widower)
98. Clytemnestra (DES daughter, debilitating abdominal pain and bleeding)
99. Oke (survived life threatening pulmonary infection, COPD, depression)
100. shanikka (diverticulitis, intestinal abscess and life threatening infection)
101. Serpents Choice (grief)
102. smarx (caregiver to mother who has dementia)
103. FloridaSNMOM (COPD, chronic pain, anxiety over access to health care)
104. Timaeus (enormous hernia requiring major surgery)
105. paradox (cyclic vomiting syndrome, PTSD, depression)
106. UnaSpenser (Lyme Disease)
107. LoreleiHI (reversals of fortune, homelessness, hearing loss, PTSD)
108. Vetwife (caregiver to husband and other family members)
109. namvetkato (PTSD, Agent Orange related illnesses including heart disease, spinal stenosis, and intense chronic pain)
110. Annalize5 (lung cancer, diabetes and other chronic ailments)

See also these three posts about the community quilt project:

KosAbility: A Virtual Quilt for Sara and Ann, from Community Quilt recipients

We Have Something to Say to YOU, Sara R and winglion!

Community Quilt FlashMob Brightens up NN13

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Unaspenser's quilt, showing backing

These quilts are planned:

MA Liberal (caretaker to her mother who has dementia)
Ellinorianne (rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia)
MsGrin (life long heart problems requiring multiple surgeries)
2thanks (caregiver)

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Dusty inspects paradox's quilt

PAYPAL LINK FOR HOPEFUL'S QUILT - THANK YOU!

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Boots says, "Thank you for supporting community quilts!"

Namaste

Originally posted to Sara R on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 01:14 PM PST.

Also republished by Community Quilt Project, DKOMA, Street Prophets , Positive Intention and Lovingkindness, Kossacks helping each other, Kitchen Table Kibitzing, Monday Night Cancer Club, and PWB Peeps.

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