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Just Catching You Up

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Back in September of 2016 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Grim diagnosis I know. But the miracle is I had decided 2 years before that I don't need mammograms at my age! Yep, I'm practicing medicine! haha But with our son from Ethiopia, there are more expenses so I was always looking for fund raising opps. Well, I saw a 1 week study, using just a cream that paid $300 so I signed up. Well, it required a mammogram...set that up for the next day, had the mammo, got a call the next day that they see something suspicious. I go back the following day for magnified views. Dr comes in and says it's cancer. We need a biopsy. So she does it right then! Calls me the next day and says she has an appt for me with a surgeon. The next day! I have never seen things move so fast! I see her, we set up surgery and I have a lumpectomy. It was tiny and non invasive so they got it all! Fast forward a couple months, I see an add for Knitted Knockers. I check it out. Knitted/crocheted prosthetics for mastectomy patients. So I decide I'm learning to knit!
Now I'm coordinator of Knitted Knockers of Wichita Kansas! I have a group of ladies knitting and crocheting knockers! We use only approved yarns, follow guidelines of the national group. We're registered with the national group as a provider.
I also have talked to clinics and so far have 2 partnered with us. We provide for their patients. This is so rewarding!
If you need a knocker or know someone who does contact me if in KS or go to knittedknockers.org to order. They're free!!!
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  • BUTTERFLY464
    I'm sorry, I didn't get back on here for almost 2 years! As for learning to knit, find a knitting group in your area and they will help yo learn, or go on YouTube for beginner knitting videos.

    343 days ago
  • BUTTERFLY464
    If you're anywhere near Wichita, KS you can join our group! We're Knitted Knockers of Wichita Kansas on FB. If you're in other states, there are groups all over the USA. Or you can download the patterns to knit, crochet, loom a knocker. Videos are available on knittedknockers.org as are pattern downloads. You can mail to the Washington group for distribution. But you MUST use only approved yarns.
    855 days ago
  • USMAWIFE
    Hi. Richard suggested I say hi. I am a knitter also. several of my friends are active in the Knitted Knockers group on facebook.
    855 days ago
  • PHEGNOMENAL
    This. Is. Phenomenal. I am really impressed by this outreach program for women who are facing such a hardship. Keep up the fantastic work.
    856 days ago
  • RATATOUILLETTE
    Amazing amazing amazing! Good for you! On multiple levels!! Any tips on learning to knit/crochet and/or contribute to this? Wonderful idea!
    856 days ago
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