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peregrine kate's quilt, detail
peregrine kate's quilt

Labwitchy has diffuse scleroderma.  That sounds awful, doesn't it?  Well, it is.  Really awful.  I had to look it up -- here is the Wikipedia entry about it.  Labwitchy does not just have this externally, she has it internally, as well.  In addition, she suffers from the chronic pain of fibromyalgia -- but it can't be treated as with most people because the common medications for fibromyalgia interfere with treatment for the scleroderma.  Flumptytail wrote me and asked me to put labwitchy's quilt forward because labwitchy is having a particularly hard time right now and the support of her community would do a lot to buoy her spirits.  You see, labwitchy has had a couple bad falls recently, falls where she hit her head really hard.

Let's pick her up and hold her close.  Let's wrap her in a community quilt.

mimi's quilt
mimi's quilt, showing backing

A community quilt is a quilt that contains loving, supportive messages from you transcribed by me in archival ink on muslin.  They are cheerful, colorful, and they vibrate with love that won't wash out.  We'll be looking for 44 messages for labwitchy to make a quilt something like the one we made for JaxDem:

JaxDem's quilt, basted
JaxDem's quilt, pin basted before tying

Please leave a message for labwitchy in the comments below.  It is not necessary to donate to do so -- but if you can help us with the costs of making the quilt (materials and some of our time), we would be grateful.  A donation of $10/message is suggested but whatever you can do is appreciated.  Here is a PayPal link -- or message me for a snail mail address if you prefer checks.

Aji's quilt
Aji's quilt -- please send her good thoughts, she is feeling low

These are the community quilts we have made and delivered to date:

othniel (cellulitis and ensuing complications)
exmearden (cancer of heart and lung, RIP)
MsSpentyouth (brain tumor)
Moe99 (lung cancer)
Michelle Caudle (ovarian cancer, RIP)
BFSkinner (lupus)
Kitsap River (long wait for kidney donor that ended 2/18/11)
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, RIP)
ImpeachKingBushII (needs liver transplant)
andsarahtoo (lupus)
Frank Cocozzelli (muscular dystrophy)
luvsathoroughbred (breast cancer)
Predictor (stroke and HIV)
Austex54 (caretaker to othniel)
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)
stumpy (MS, stroke, RIP)
bleeding heart's niece (cancer, RIP)
escapee (failure of corneal surgery)
SarahLee (lymphoma, Lyme Disease)
Bustergirl (ovarian cancer)
mimi's niece (cancer)
ZenTrainer (breast cancer)
Miss Blue (severe injury to shoulder, anxiety over coverage for surgery)
Granny Doc (bladder cancer)
mango (heart attack)
nudger (ovarian cancer, RIP)
DaNang65 (heart condition)
Lt. Choi (exhaustion)
Nurse Kelley (spinal stenosis)
Ben Masel (lung cancer, RIP)
Otterary Scribe (caregiver, grieving grandfather, grieving widower)
Aji (autoimmune diseases incl. fibromyalgia, inflammatory arthritis, & Chronic Epstein-Barr Virus Syndrome)
JaxDem (suddenly widowed)
DavidW (AIDS and other undiagnosed illness)
Jester the Marine (facing amputation of leg)
peregrine kate (endometrial cancer)
mimi (grief due to family illnesses)

Jester's quilt

We are close to finishing the top of the Daily Kos community quilt.  I am transcribing alliedoc's messages now and will turn to belinda ridgewood's messages after that.

Goldie inspects Nurse Kelley's quilt

Community quilts that are planned include:

Sensible Shoes (caring for sister with brain cancer)
Plutonium Page (pulmonary embolisms, pulmonary infarction)
MsGrin (life long heart problems requiring multiple surgeries)
UnaSpensor (Lyme disease)
MA Liberal (caretaker to her mother who has dementia)
paradox (cyclical vomiting syndrome, PTSD, depression)
Stranded Wind (Lyme Disease and other health issues)
woodtick (caretaker to mother who has Alzheimer's)
Ellinorianne (rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia)

Boots says, "Thank you for supporting community quilts!"



Otteray Scribe's quilt, detail
Detail of Otteray Scribe's quilt, made when he was mourning the loss of his grandson.  Now he mourns the loss of his wife who passed away last night.  Rest in peace, Mrs. Otteray Scribe.  {{{{{{{{Otteray Scribe}}}}}}}}}

Originally posted to Sara R on Sun Sep 18, 2011 at 04:28 PM PDT.

Also republished by Community Quilt Project, PWB Peeps, Street Prophets , Spiritual Organization of Unapologetic Liberals at Daily Kos, DKOMA, and Team DFH.

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