Thursday, November 14, 2013
Life's Mountains Quilt
I can finally share with you a special quilt that I finished in October, for a special friend of mine.
We've been friends for many years, and met while we and our husbands were all working at the BLM. All but my husband worked doing wildlife biology. We both have 2 boys, about the same age as well, so shared baby clothes and gear, and went to each others baby showers. Our husbands still hunt together when they can.
During the summer of 2000, when we were both in our early 30's, she was diagnosed with a glioblastoma, a very aggressive, malignant brain tumor, and given less than a year to live by her doctors, when her boys were just toddlers.
Miraculously, now, over 13 years later, she's had multiple surgeries, and been through years of various treatment therapies, and is still fighting hard, despite the very grim prognosis. In 2004, she climbed Mt Shasta (elevation 14,167 ft), and wrote a book, called "Life's Mountains" about her experience.
Her last surgery was in the Spring. We found out that her most recent MRI did not come back clean, and we're all hoping that the next one, in just a few days, will show no growth in the suspicious "spot".
Watching this wonderful, strong, amazing woman go through this journey over the last several years has taught me so much about what's important in life. Her spirit, knowledge, hope, courage and determination is a guide for many. I made this simply to show I care, and to help give her warmth and comfort in the months and years to come.