Last week during our quilting group a friend informed me that she had had a mammogram and that there was the odd 'nasty' that had been detected. As you can imagine my mind started racing. Do I stay serious, do I keep things light? What does one say?
Fortunately my friend was staying very calm and patient while she waited for further results. The following day this patient woman phoned to tell me that the results were in and that she is facing surgery plus radiation. I suppose helpless is how I felt and still feel, there is nothing I can do for her except pray and be here when she needs someone.
My friends plight just wouldn't get out of my head so to the computer I went - cross stitch patterns that have something to do with breast cancer. Being a lover of mini pillows, I thought I would make her a mini that she could pop in her bag and if I couldn't be there in person I could at least be there in the form of the mini to remind her that my prayers are with her.
The computer came through! A wonderful pattern was found by 'Ink Circles', they have a freebie Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon Mandala and it was just perfect for what I was after. So, for the last few days the housework has been left, so have the gardens while I stitched away (sorry no Gardeners Journal sewing done either). Today I added pearls around the edge of the pillow and stitched a few tiny crystals on top. I hope this little keepsake gives her the warm fuzzy feeling that having some one who cares, brings.
On that note I think it's a timely reminder for all of us to self check.