My son’s, girlfriend’s sister, Alyssa, was diagnosed with B-cell lymphoma in June. She found out about the cancer on a Tuesday and immediately started chemo on Friday of the same week. What a scary proposition for a 24 year old women! She has to stay 2-3 overnights to receive the chemo drugs in each treatment.
Lindsey, her sister and my son’s girlfriend, asked if we could make Aylssa a quilt to take to the hospital for her treatments. Of course, I said yes! David, Lindsey and I started Thursday evening by going through my stash of charm squares so I didn’t have to do much cutting. This was a”make it work” moment if we wanted to have the quilt finished for her first treatment which started the next day! We decided on a diagonal arrangement by color. I only had to cut 6 squares to finish out the rows.
I finished piecing the charms square on Friday and put it on the quilting machine. To convey the idea of a “comfort quilt” , Lindsey gave me a list of family members and sayings that have special meaning to Alyssa. I quilted Alyssa’s name in the middle of the quilt and surrounded her with the names of her family members and even the dogs’ names. All of the family members’ names were connected by hearts and swirls intertwined with the inspirational sayings. This way she can wrap up in the ones that love her.
We were able to deliver the quilt to the hospital on Saturday morning! We made our deadline of the first treatment session. Alyssa has now completed 3 of the 6 sessions of chemo. She has had some of the complications that come with this type of treatment, but is facing it with dignity and strength. We are all praying for a complete recovery.
Lindsey, David and I are walking in the Light the Night event in September to raise money for Lymphoma research. If you would like to contribute to our team, go to http://pages.lightthenight.org/mid/KSCity15/JBromberg. We are on the Alyssa’s Angels Team. Any amount will help. Thanks!