Friday, June 10, 2011

Chemo Hats and Interpreting Sickness in a Unique Way

This is the second one off the hook:

The same pattern of crocheted hat finished this week from this free Bernat pattern:

Here is another:

These hats are, of course, for my daughter Julie.  Julie had her first chemo treatment this week, along with the requisite anti-nausea drugs.  After three days post treatment, she is still not keeping anything down. Sigh.

And speaking of sickness and how we deal with it, I am borrowing this from Abigail at Abigail's Alcove:
...When I found out that my newborn needed emergency abdominal surgery, I immediately asked to have her baptized. If my baby girl had to undergo all of that suffering, I wanted it all to mean something. I wanted her incorporated into the mystical body of Christ. I wanted her hurt to save souls.

A birth defect is different from the ordinary effects of sin. My baby girl didn't get hit by a bullet or poisoned by an environmental toxin. The Creator of the World, the One who lovingly knit together my baby's body in the womb decided in His infinite wisdom to drop a purl stitch in the formation of my baby girl's intestine.
Futher reading can be found here by Abigail about her infant daughter's sickness.  It is well worth the read, and gave me pause after digesting her interpretation of why this birth defect happened to her child.  I hope you take the time to read it.


  1. Beautiful blues in that hat. Wishing your daughter the best recovery she can get.

  2. Holding your daughter in prayer - that the effects of chemo subside, that she move through this phase of treatment in the most grace-filled way...

  3. Give my love to Julie. She's in my thoughts and prayers on a daily basis. Send me pics of her in her hats! Love you. - Mac

  4. The Florida connectionJune 11, 2011 at 7:50 AM

    Hats are cool...Julie should love them....Annie surely would have loved the blue one. Can almost picture her with it on....Abigail's comments surely touch the heart...will read more. See you soon!

  5. Your hats for Julie are beautiful and stylish, which should help lift her spirits. And the words you from Abigail's Alcove are heart-wrenching. You are so blessed to be so strong Nancy. I think of you and your family often. A hug goes out to Julie.

  6. Your hats are lovely, and I am sorry that Julie has to suffer with the horrific nausea and the chemo drugs etc.

    I am sure the hats will provide some sweet consolation and I hope that all the love and knitting and medicine get her through this difficult illness.

  7. I pray that your daughter will feel the prayers on her behalf. Wishing her and you peace and strength.


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