I love my mom. She is a strong woman.
My mom and dad right after the diagnosis
My mom is a breast cancer survivor. She underwent a double mastectomy and reconstruction and chemo and now deals with the lymphedema from the removal of lymph nodes when she had her mastectomy. She has been cancer free now for three years as of the end of June so she has a little less than 2 years to go until she will be considered at less risk for recurrence. She lives in Houston so most of the time doesn’t have to deal with really cold weather but still needs something on her head when it does get cool. Also, her hair is still wispy so during warmer months when she is out and about she needs to protect her head.
My mom and sister right before Mom's surgery
Mom and Dad - December 2012
I wanted to do something special for my mom and decided that this year in October I would start the release of a pattern line named and designed in honor of her. When I was visiting with her last week (in July), I asked her what she would want in a hat and showed her one of my books of crochet stitches. She picked a couple stitches that she liked and the designing began. I am now working with some of my testers as I develop the hat in 2 different yarn weights, worsted for cooler weather and a fingering weight for warmer weather.
I feel like this is something that might seem small to some but having watched my mom fight cancer and still be struggling with the hair loss and other effects from her treatments this gives me great joy!
My mom is more than a survivor!