Friday, November 30, 2012

The Pink Scarf Project


I have this button on my blog to tell everyone that I'm participating in a year long project. It was the brain child of a wonderful blogger named Vicki at 2 Bags Full. Her knitting skills are unbelievable and her travel logs will make you feel like you are there with her.  So what is the Pink Scarf  Project? It involves making or purchasing pink scarves.  In October of 2013 the scarves will be given to 2 ladies who are battling breast cancer and they are going to distribute these scarves to other woman who are in treatment.  The scarves will go to the treatment centers and handed out to show support to woman everywhere who are going through this difficult process. Hopefully it will bring a huge smile to their faces and hope in their hearts that others care and are fighting with them.  I was invited to participate  because one of the lovely ladies is my best friend Donna. I've received 5 scarves so far. I have a knitting club helping me and even my super Mom is getting in on the act by making some cool scarves that are sure to be a hit!  If you want more info on what to do, where to send them or just read about it, go to Vicki's blog.  Here's a pic of the scaves I have so far:
They were knitted by the daughter and mother of a coworker (Thanks Becky!) One was the first one from the knitting club.  They are super and fun and I know they will be appreciated. But there is one more that I really must give an extra special thank you.

It's a beautiful silk scarf with lovely embellishments and sparkle. It was given to me by another coworker...Nancy.  With tears in her eyes she said it once belonged to her dear Mother who passed away from cancer. I met Nancy's Mom some years ago and a lovelier lady you would be hard pressed to find.  Her mom was also a nurse....who worked until she was 82...then got cancer a few months after retirement and passed away.  I couldn't believe she would part with this but she insisted that she wanted another woman who had cancer to have it.  I had tears in my eyes after that! I don't think "thank you"  is even the right words to say..I don't think there are any words actually. This brings me to my final reason for blogging tonight.  Yesterday Donna had her other breast removed.  I was honored to be with her in the operating room again but so wished she didn't have to go through another surgery. But with her usual spunk and determination and her good friends and hubby near, she did great.  Everything went well and she gave me permission to put this pic in here:
Acutally, she wanted this one:
But I was using my new camera and it was a bit blurry...or I was a bit shakey!  I love her chemo cap that was knitted for her by the surgeon, Dr. Mary McDonald.  She wanted to knit this instead of a scarf for the project and she wanted Donna to have it.  It is so cute and soft and I think it looks marvelous on her! You would never guess that she is less than 24hrs. post op in these pics!  What a classy gal!  I must add that this was taken very early this morning before I started work... to prove it I took a shot of her hospital room window that faces East...there's the beautiful sunrise just heading up....I  thinking it's a sign of great hope for a quick healing process and a complete remission....I miss her at work and frankly I think she needs to get back ASAP!!! Just kidding Donna!  Please rest up and I'll be seeing you soon!  Oh, and nobody should look so good that early in the morning...especially in the hospital!
Can you see the pink?...seems like even the skies are in on the project!






22 comments:

Kim said...

What a great idea. I hope you get lots of scarves for Donna. She looks amazing for post op. I guess it's true you can't keep a good woman down. Donna, if you're reading these comments, I'm sending you lots of healing prayers.

Julia said...

Yaya, I'm numb with shock. I thought that Donna was well on her way to recovery and that she might have a breast reconstruction. I never imagined that she was having another breast removed. It never occurred to me.
I've been praying for her healing but just not hard enough maybe.

Donna has such a nice smile and she looks just so sweet with that little fluffy hat on.
Please give her my love and best wishes. She has to get better fast. I can bear her going through more chemo.

I think that the Pink Scarf Project is just such a thoughtful gesture. I hope that you get lots of scarves to give away.

Hugs,
JB

Donna said...

What a BEAUTIFUL post Kath. I'm honored. Thankyou. And thanks for caring and prayers Kim and Julia. It really means the world to me.

Kay G. said...

This is a beautiful post. And I love that silk scarf and that it will be passed along to someone else, that's a lovely thing to do.
Your friend looks wonderful in her photo! Please tell her that I said so!!
And that pink in the sky? That is God's blessing upon your friend and upon you for getting the pink scarves together!
Now, I tried to click on the link but I couldn't get there. I can't knit but I can crochet, could I crochet a pink scarf and send it to you?

Rebecca said...

Oh, so good to read this report and see Donna and her smile AND that fabulous cap. How very "cool" the her surgeon knitted it, too....

yaya said...

I fixed the "link" problem! Hope that helps if anyone is interested in doing this project!

acorn hollow said...

keeping her in my thoughts and prayers. Get well soon Donna!
your smile is so beautiful.
Cathy

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Yaya..this is such a wonderful thing..and of course she will get through this and right back to work with you! With all the prayers going out to her..
If you are reading this Donna, get well, think positive and one day this will all be behind you.
You look adorable in your little pink cap! And with your wonderful attitude..you cannot fail! :)

Stacy Crawford said...

I think Kayla and I might do a personal progress project on this to help you. We will donate a few scarves. Maybe she'll spark the young women along too. We will see what we can come up with.

Do they want hats too? I love Donna's hat.

becky said...

Oh, our Donna again! I've been out of the loop but I looked at the picture and said, oh wow! it's Donna. Thoughts and prayers for a quick and absolute recovery!!!!!!!!

Deb Shucka said...

What a lovely project. Donna is so lucky to have you as a friend, and so amazingly strong and beautiful. I can feel your huge heart in every word you write here (and have been so grateful for you comments during my recent medical adventures).

Debby said...

So glad that you are there for Donna. I am so sorry that she had to do this again. She looks beautiful in her cozy little cap. Feel better Donna.

selvageedge said...

What a terrific project. It makes me wish that I was a knitter. I'm glad to see that Donna was looking so good the morning after surgery. She is in my prayers, and so are you. This is hard stuff for best friends.

Hilary said...

What a terrific project. I'm sorry Donna had to go through another surgery but I'm glad to see she has such great spirit. Good friends help, I'm sure. Wonderful, inspiring post, Yaya.

vicki said...

Thank you Kay for posting about this project and for collecting the scarves at your hospital. I am so honored that so many folks where you work want to get involved. Please email me the name of everyone who contributes a scarf so that I can enter them for a chance to win my knitted wrap.
Thank you for posting an update on Donna and sharing these photos-- she is truly amazing!!!

Give her a hug from me---
Vicki

Kerri said...

Donna looks so beautiful...thanks for the update. She continues to be in my prayers. You can count me in for some scarves!

Mrs Catch said...


Am sitting here, tearing up. Wishing you all the best Donna and hoping for the all-clear in your next round of tests. And yes, you look so glamourous!! The hat is a gem!

A wonderful project, Kathy. My kids were given quilts during their long-term hospital stays. They will always be treasured and I'm sure your scarves will be the same.

Cindy said...

What a great friend you are and Donna is definitely someone special. I'm going to go check out your link!

rosaria williams said...

What a great idea! It was also good to see Donna here, always good to catch up with both of you.
Give her my best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Dianne said...

I love that even the sky was pink
congrats on POTW

Michael Manning said...

I wish Donna every good blessing there is to come. You are both lucky to be friends. My very best and congratulations on earning the POTW!

Fun With This and That said...

What a nice thing you have done I hope I have someone like you if it happens to me. There is so much cancer in my family I hope I never get it. Laura