We girls, now the older generation of cousins and aunts, are all deeply spiritual in our beliefs, values and expressions of creativity. Our range of talent covers art, embroidery, patchwork, crochet, knitting, sewing, writing and creative story telling. All these skills are intergenerational. So too are some of our medical conditions! Specifically, cancer.
Some of us are surviving cancer. Many in earlier, present and later generations have not. For me, in addition to surviving breast cancer, experiencing life with dystonia has its frustrations.
There are days when I just want to shrivel up into a little ball, ignoring everyone. Funny voice, shaky hands, twisted neck, aching back, cramps in feet and legs, and a head tremor that goes no-no with an occasional variation of yes-yes! All of this culminates in thoughts that scream "GO AWAY, DO NOT TALK TO ME" every time anyone comes near.
Refocusing on needlework, crochet, knitting and writing brings about a re-creation of my sense of self. Illustrated in this blog are some of the items I have already completed. There are many more. As time goes by I will include them in future articles on this site. It is a fulfilling experience to create something that is meaningful to the individual. These items become an expression of something greater than ourselves but from within our being. Perhaps it is an expression of love.
Go on, have a go. Express your sense of creativity today. You may be pleasantly surprised!