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Louisiana 1976's quilt
Louisiana 1976’s quilt

Longtime Kossack and tireless worker for health reform, SarahLee, has lymphoma.  She’s also had battles with Lyme Disease.  We are making a Community Quilt (sort of like a big, cuddly, group get well card) to help support her as she heals.  We put up an initial diary for her quilt messages but still need some more --  thirty four.  We are also short $86 in donations (figuring $5/message plus shipping).  Here is a PayPal link if you would like to help with a donation. Your messages will support SarahLee as she heals.  Donations help us buy materials and cover a bit of our time – and we thank you.

Noor B's quilt
Noor B’s quilt

These are the people who have provide messages for SarahLee so far:

  1. GlowNZ
  1. Aji
  1. addisnana
  1. Meteor Blades
  1. Dallasdoc
  1. Dreaming of Better Days
  1. Ojibwa
  1. RiaD
  1. Cali Scribe
  1. Kitsap River
  1. tnichlsn
  1. Maggiejean
  1. Activist Guy
  1. Oke
  1. Texasmom
  1. navajo
  1. ulookarmless
  1. cfk in the Thumb of Michigan
  1. Louisiana 1976
  1. Danish Brethern
  1. Llbear
  1. Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse
  1. Donna in Rome
  1. ramara
  1. mimi
  1. Shakti
  1. MA Liberal
  1. thebluecrayon
  1. X
  1. Princesspat
  1. Ebby
  1. 4Freedom
  1. exmearden
  1. operculum

Louisiana 1976's quilt, detail
A detail of Louisiana 1976's quilt

And here are a few of the messages, for inspiration:

If 42 is The Meaning of Life, 4242 must be the meaning of love for your fellow human. Take a break from your efforts and wrap yourself in love.  Cali Scribe

With appreciation and admiration for all you do for so many; let us help to ease you when life gets toughest.  Kitsap River

"when life gives you Lyme Disease, make Lime Rickeys???"
and snuggle in a lovely quilt too of course! {{{SarahLee}}}  tnichlsn

We didn't get single payer health insurance, SarahLee, but not for lack of your amazing work.  Wrap this quilt around you and think of the love it contains.  maggiejean

Peace is powerful.  Activist Guy

Hold this close and feel the light we were gifted with bringing to each others lives.  You will always have a special place within my spirit. Thank you for all you've given.  Oke

Please let SarahLee know how you feel!  She will treasure your loving words.

ramara's quilt backing
ramara’s quilt, showing the backing

The two quilts we have on the drawing board now are SarahLee’s and Bustergirl’s.  Ebby is collecting messages from family and friends for Bustergirl – and I may not need to put up another diary for her.  
Here are the Community Quilts completed to date:

othniel (cellulitis and ensuing complications)
exmearden (cancer of heart and lung)
MsSpentyouth (brain tumor)
Moe99 (lung cancer)
Michelle Caudle (ovarian cancer)
BFSkinner (lupus)
Kitsap River (waiting for kidney donor)
Frederick Clarkson (blood clots)
Dreaming of Better Days (lymphoma)
one bite at a time (lost house and belongings to fire)
Timroff (cellulitis)
Sol Fed Joe (multiple cancers and health problems)
Brubs (AIDS, immune reconstitution syndrome)
rserven (gall bladder infection with dangerous complications)
grndrush (brain tumor)
ImpeachKingBushII (needs liver transplant)
andsarahtoo (lupus)
Frank Cocozzelli (muscular dystrophy)
luvsathoroughbred (breast cancer)
Predictor (stroke and HIV)
Theodore Olbermann, RIP
cskendrick (antibiotic resistant infection)
Keith Olbermann (caregiver to father)
Juan (cancer)
Ana (a young horse belonging to Juan, hit by truck)
MA Liberal’s mother (Alzheimer’s)
Charles CurtisStanley (caretaker to Kitsap River)
Lorikeet (cervical cancer)
Dr. Lori (metastatic cancer)
ulookarmless (cancer, heart condition, stroke)
riverlover (caregiver to husband suffering from liver failure, now widowed)
Melody Townsel (caregiver to dying father, now deceased)
dadanation (AIDS)
Dr. William F. Harrison (leukemia), RIP
Larry Bailey (sudden loss of partner to heart attack)
ramara (adopted son with fetal alcohol syndrome)
Noor B (herniated disk from car accident)
Louisiana 1976 (fibromyalgia, severe arthritis, depression)

Louisiana 1976's card
card for Louisiana 1976, by Blue Heron

Future quilts are planned for:

stumpy (MS and paralyzing stroke)
DaNang65 (heart disease)
Ellinorianne (rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia)
UnaSpensor (Lyme disease)
MA Liberal (caretaker to her mother who has dementia)
labwitchy (diffuse scleroderma)
paradox (cyclical vomiting syndrome, PTSD, depression)
Miss Blue (severe shoulder dislocation with nerve damage -- anxiety over coverage)
KelleyRN2 (spinal stenosis)
Granny Doc (bladder cancer)
ZenTrainer (cancer)


Goldie on Larry Bailey's quilt
Goldie inspects Larry Bailey’s quilt -- and passes it with flying colors!

Originally posted to Sara R on Mon Oct 04, 2010 at 05:58 PM PDT.

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