Self Portrait

Items for my Chemo:

One Guardian Angel, One button up blouse to house my port, One decorated Infusion Pole, One lucky pink sweat shirt which I usually held on my lap with the good-luck rocks in each pocket, my candy, my silly socks and small blanket because I was always cold, and my “place” that I would go to in my mind, that was far far away from the cancer center and where I really was.


“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest Fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be–brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us. It’s in everyone,and as we let our own light shine, we consciously give other people permission to do the same.As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

NELSON MANDELLA, 1994 INAUGURAL SPEECH (quoting Marianne Williamson).

The Comfort Pillow

Last Spring I had the opportunity to volunteer at CancerCare a non-profit organization that helps families going through cancer.  I was asked to work on a brochure for a project the social workers do with families with loved ones who have cancer in the hospitals around the area.  It was called the Comfort Pillow.  Click on the pictures to read them up close.  I hope you will make one for you and your loved ones to hold. 

Supplies:  Muslin fabric, markers, stuffing, a piece of trash cardboard to place inside the muslin so the markers won’t bleed through, one heart made from cardboard or wood to place inside, and one picture to place on the front of the pillow.

The pillow is made out of a square of muslin fabric sewn or glued together in a square.   (If you don’t have access to a wooden heart, you can cut a sturdy heart out of a cereal box, or paper plate to write a sweet message on.)

This is not only for children with parents with cancer. 

It is for anyone who would love a little comfort!  Enjoy!