Really kind of cool ...
A while back (summer, I believe), Kathryn Vercillo of the book Crochet Saved My Life fame requested information from people for whom Crochet has played an important role in their health ... mental, physical or both. On a whim, and being mindful that I need to keep pushing my boundaries if I don't want the agoraphobia to reduce my world to the inside of my own house, I answered. She sent me a questionnaire and I did my best to answer it as honestly as I could. After she had a chance to review it, she let me know that she was going to use it in one of her published pieces and later let me know that it would be in Interweave Crochet magazine's Winter edition.
Well, that magazine was just released (the ebook version is always available a bit ahead of the print one) and I'm humbled at the treatment that Ms. Vercillo gave to my interview. ^_^
I'm particularly grateful that she included the reference to Karyn (owner of my LYS, Birkeland Bros Wool) I had made in answering the questionnaire. Karyn and her sister-in-law, Danielle, have been instrumental in helping me deal with my agoraphobia ... giving me a safe place in the downtown core of Abbotsford that I could retreat to if I am having a rough time within my own skull. This was at Karyn's insistence ... I had only been there a couple of times when this wonderful woman expressly told me that, were I to need it, I was to come to her shop and they would give me a quiet corner from which I could pull myself together.
Karyn is fighting colon cancer and it is not going well ... it had already metastasized to her lungs, stomach, lymphatic system, as well as the bones of her spine and skull before it was caught. And yet, somehow she still manages to be upbeat and positive about her situation. Honestly, I'm in awe of her strength in adversity.