Someone Cares: Healing Handiwork

How she helps breast cancer survivors all over the country and gained a personal sense of purpose.

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- Posted on Sep 25, 2020

A basket of colorful yarn.

My husband, Clinton, and I were married for 68 years and raised four children. After he died, I was so lonesome I didn’t know what to do. Until I read a magazine article about Knitted Knockers—soft, comfortable prosthetics for women who have undergone mastectomies. The knockers are light and can be slipped into a regular bra. Volunteers around the world make and donate them to breast cancer survivors.

I like to knit and have made everything from baby booties to snuggly long johns. What’s more, a lady from our church had recently had a double mastectomy. Would she like some knockers? I wondered. I whipped up a pair. And wow! She loved them so much, she thanked me three times…and asked for more!

In the seven years since then, I’ve made more than 1,300 knockers, mostly while relaxing and watching TV. I pray over each one I knit, asking that it be a comfort to whoever receives it. Then I mail off 80 at a time to a location where other volunteers distribute them to women all over the country. Knitted Knockers are a double blessing: They not only help others but have given me a sense of purpose again.

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