Monday, April 4, 2011

Blogging for a cause....

Most of you who know me, know that I am kind of a crafty person.... Maybe even a touch... mmm... shall we say obsessed... Something along the lines of needing a whole closet to store my fabric and currently have 59 yarns in my raverly stash! Anyway since around the time that I was pregnant with Xander I have belonged to a web forum called Diaper Sewing Divas. Although I have yet to meet a single Diva in person they have been my sounding board, a place to ask questions, a place to learn, to swap, to destash (gasp....), to participate in no-buy contests (which this fabric hoarder needs for sure...), and generally a wonderful group of crafty, amazing women (and a few token crafty guys....). While I started out there to learn how to sew cloth diaper for Xander they have become so much more than a place to learn how to make diapers. Berritt, one of the founding Divas and Diaper artiste... recently found out that her husband has cancer, Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia. The good news is that it is treatable, the bad news is the medications to treat his illness cost $7500 a month and because he is required to pass a physical exam to keep his job (actually it was during his physical they found his cancer) the fact that he has cancer means that he no longer has a job. Cancer, really expensive medications, no job, no insurance, 3 kids.... but he had a great long term prognosis with treatment! It's a double edge sword... Berritt in addition to her diaper artiste talents also makes wonderful patterns and has a shop on Etsy. They need all the help they can get right now... so instead of simply asking for monetary donations Berritt is asking for help promoting her business. So if know anyone who is crafty or you are crafty yourself feel free to go to Lille Skapet for children's patterns or to Birdiful Stiches for patterns for electronics... camera cases, e-reader covers etc... Pass the word, send all your crafty friends links to her shops. I have included a button link to Lille Skapet on my sidebar. You can read more about Berritt and Alex story here, here, here, or here. If you couldn't tell Berritt is extremely well loved and rightly so as she is one of the kindest, most generous people I know (online or off). If you aren't a crafty soul then prayers and positive thoughts are always welcome. Please include Alex and Berritt and their children in your prayers for a while. Also please consider registering with the National Bone Marrow Registry. At some point Alex may require a bone marrow transplant during his treatment. If you need another reason to register to be a bone marrow donor read this or this story about Oliver Williams, a 3 week old boy from Spofford, NH that needs a bone marrow transplant just to survive. Thanks you for all your positive thoughts and prayers!

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