Here's Patsy's granddaughter in one of her blankets
A few weeks back we dedicated a blog post to sharing a personal story from one of our wonderful customers. We called it A Tale of Extraordinary Resilience because the sheer grit and will that is demonstrated in it will leave you speechless.
Everyone has a story you know nothing about. Here at Becozi we believe that this big world can be made a little smaller by hearing one story from your neighbor and getting to know them a little bit better. With each story told we build trust, we build insight, we build a community.
Today's story is about Patsy and how knitting helped heal her life. As with the last story, we prefer to let the author speak in their own words.
"I am 64 years old. I have always like to crochet. I tried to learn to knit but I couldn’t master the needles, and when I discovered Larissa’s videos I was so excited! I finally could knit!
I am a breast cancer survivor. I was diagnosed at stage IV. I ended up with 2- 8” titanium rod and screws on my spine for the cancer had broken my back. I was paralyzed from the waist down.
I was told I had a 48% chance of walking again.
Well, that was not going to happen. My sister came twice a week to do physical therapy with me. I finally graduated to a walking cane. Then I started walking around the yard. Then 1 block. Then 2. As I got stronger I walked more.
When I got home from medical center, I picked up my crochet. I had to re-teach myself. It was awful.
To make a long story short. As I improved on walking, I also improved on crocheting.
I made everyone in my family blankets. I was even thinking about patterns while I was walking! It was my therapy. I also had many talks with God on those walks.
The first time I walked 10 miles without falling I cried all the way home, ate two ice cream sandwiches and went to bed.
I eventually signed up for Susan G. Komen walk. This is a 60 mile walk over the course of 3 days. To date I have done 3.
My crocheting was my therapy for depression.
I am in full remission now. And believe me I do wonder why I was spared. Every day.I have given more blankets away than I have sold. Everything I have made I have given more away than sold. This is my therapy.
Now I have this new ability to KNIT!! Yeehaw!!!
I do a craft booth in the fall and sell what I have made and now I can add my chenille blankets.
At one time I didn’t think I would ever see my grandkids. Now I have 4 granddaughters and 1 very fat grandson! I feel very blessed and thankful.
Life is very precious. Everyone is terminal. Some of us are just lucky to know it.
I am very thankful for all the work Larissa does for her Becozi. She is very generous with her time. Thank you Larissa and Becozi!"
We don't know what would have happened if upon hearing that she had a 48% chance of ever walking again Patsy had given up. But we love that she said "No way that's going to happen!", got up and started walking. Her will, her determination and her desire to do the things she loves has inspired us to no end.
We are so glad to hear that Patsy has found refuge in crocheting and knitting, despite having to teach herself these skills anew. It's hard to know how our videos may be impacting people's lives until we hear stories like these, stories of grace and rising up to the challenges life throws at us.
Thank you Patsy for sharing your incredible story of healing!
Want to know what the craze is all about? Get some Merino wool for yourself and try it out! Our Merino is on sale to boot, so it will be nice bonus to your very first project.
And if you too have a story to share and are interested in being featured on our blog, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We love hearing from our customers!
Happy summer and BeCozi!