I have always been an avid seamstress and knitter up until I was diagnosed with stage 3b breast cancer in Sept. 2010. Chemo, surgery and radiation knocked me out of action for almost two years. I didn’t have the energy to do much of anything. I had so many side effects from chemo I felt disabled, in fact I still do to some degree. I have permanent hair loss, short term memory loss along with word finding problems and a third of the energy I use to have. The thought of the beast returning hangs over my head like a black cloud.
It has been three years since that horrible diagnosis. I remain cancer free at this time. The dark cloud is still there, but I have to say I do forget about it once in awhile. Some people say to get on with my life and just forget about it. That’s not so easy when every time I look in the mirror I see a bald woman. When talking to someone I often become frustrated with my brain. I have to limit my activities to the things that really have to get done, because I will get too tired. I am learning to accept my limitations and not worry what others say or think.
Sewing, knitting and some quilting are some of the things I love to do best. These are things I can do now. Being productive really helps your outlook. I am so thankful my mom and grandmother taught me to do these things. I am slowly picking up speed and doing more and more in the sewing room. It feels so good!
I want to share some of the projects I have been working on. I have made this shirt before. It is my TNT pattern for a button up blouse. I wanted to make something that I knew would fit. I am a plus size, pear shape figure. I NEVER sew anything without doing major alterations on the pattern. In the future I will have to do a little more work on this pattern, because I have had a double mastectomy without reconstruction. I will have to rotate those darts or somehow get rid of them. Not having a bust is a whole new problem I need to figure out.. Here is the pattern:
My Daughter has been trying to get me to try purse making so I bought this pattern and these fabrics:
I usually don’t like sewing crafty things, but I have to say that I LOVE purse making. It was fun and fast. now I want to make several different purses in different colors. Here is my new purse: