About Kelly & Quilting Cancer

I was diagnosed with a rare and incurable cancer eight years ago. With my diagnosis I learned the depth of fear, the paralysis of anxiety, and the fragility of hope. I have had four surgeries, radiation, six chemotherapy protocols, and participated in three clinical trials. Currently I am receiving an experimental drug that will hopefully help my immune system to combat the cancer. And if not, I am hoping to be accepted into another clinical trial. Although I did not choose this journey with cancer, I have learned that I can choose the manner in which I ride it out.

I have learned to live in the moment, find adventure in each day, and turn toward the places where I find inspiration. Throughout all I am raising my three daughters, managing my household (which includes horses, dogs, cats, chickens, and goats), and taking on new adventures. That’s where the title of this blog, Quilting Cancer, comes from. Somewhere during the dark days of winter I decided I would create quilts for each of my daughters. Having never quilted before, as I submersed myself in patterns and colors and fabrics, I found adventure in what I was doing. With each stitch and each quilt, I found solace. And the idea for this blog was born.

I hope that you will follow my blog, find inspiration and joy, share comments~~ and perhaps some quilts. I would like to fill the photo gallery with pictures of quilts~~yours and mine~~and especially if the quilt was made by or belongs to someone whose life has been affected by cancer.

Happy Quilting!

4 thoughts on “About Kelly & Quilting Cancer

  1. Kelly

    I’ve been inspired by your courage and resilience during your fight with cancer. I wish I could find the words as you have done so well to describe the challenges we’ve faced with raising Mcleod. 28 surgeries and countless therapies, Doctor appointments, hospital visits, and daily medications/g-tube feedings. I also wish I would find the wisdom you express.

    I’ve saved tshirts and fabric to make quilts for my children but I have no idea how to start. Did you join a group or just figure it out? I’m not good at sewing on our machine but we do have one and McLeod took a class last year so he’d probably be thrilled to help.

    Thank you for sharing all of your insights, challenges and wisdom. You are an inspiration to me.

    Hugs and lots of love
    Mary Symms-Pollot.

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    1. Dear Mary,
      I have thought of you and prayed for you and McLeod so often. I believe that you are an amazing mother. I don’t begin to understand why McLeod has this journey through life–and consequently you as well–but I’m sure you are aware of the life changing and incredible lessons we learn through these difficult processes. We are more appreciative of what life has to offer and of the relationships that surround us. We find small joy and create adventure out of everyday experiences.

      Let’s get a quilt started for your kids! I have some great ideas for the t shirts and fabrics that you’ve saved. And I think it will be a wonderful process for McLeod. A fabulous project. You can find lots of tutorials and help online but I would also be happy to get you started. Some of the fun is in the planning, creating designs, moving things around until they are just right. And it would be so good to see you!

      Hugs and love to you, too! Kelly


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