I began with needlepoint on plastic canvas (thank you Aunt Arlys!) more than 10 years ago, making anything I could think up – I had (and still do) so much fun with it! In 2014, I learned how to crochet, and started this blog to use as a journal, and share my notes and thoughts with other makers. It has grown quite a lot, and now I dabble in just about everything, but my favorites are crocheting, plastic canvas, jewelry making and baking.
Blogging and crafting are my true passion, and I’m hoping to take this adventure to the next level, and make a career out of it. Keep your fingers crossed!
In this blog, you’ll find me. Great things, bad things, mistakes, tips, suggestions, and whatever else I can think of both in life, and in crafting.
EyeLoveKnots was named in honor of some family members of mine that are affected by Retinoblastoma, cancer of one or both eyes, and often first occurs in young children. There are approximately 350 new diagnosed cases per year in the US and affect about one in every 15,000 births. Although children may be born with retinoblastoma, it is rarely diagnosed at birth. As a rapidly growing cancer, studies of the bones, bone marrow and spinal fluid are also performed upon discovery. If the tumor is contained within the eye, more than 95% of patients can be cured. For those children with tumors in both eyes, close to 70-80% of the eyes can be saved, although many of them need radiation therapy, or possibly even chemotherapy.
I grew up very close to my cousin Tiffany who was one of five children but the only that had retinoblastoma. Now I won’t go into details other then she has a glass eye (due to having to get one eye removed) and only peripheral vision in her other eye (due to a large now non-active tumor). She grew up like the rest of us though and as a young person I never really understood what she faced. She went to karate and received her black belt alongside of me, rode a bike, could take the bus anywhere, went to school and held a job among other things, only with a few more doctor appointments than the rest of us. It wasn’t until she had her first child that I really learned about this retinoblastoma.
Her children had a chance to be born without it completely, with a not-so aggressive case of it, or a very aggressive case. No one could say one way, or the other prior to the children being born.
One had a not-so aggressive case being that after minor laser surgeries, there has not been any activity, and vision won’t be affected much. The other, however, was born with a rather large tumor in one of the eyes, and very short after birth had to begin chemo. It’s since being stabilized. One eye has full vision, and the other has peripheral vision (due to a large in-active tumor).
Please consider donating to the National Retinoblastoma Research & Support Foundation headed by Dr. Timothy Murray. Dr. Murray is “recognized in Top Doctors in America, Top Doctors in Florida, and Top Cancer Doctors in America”, according to the American Society of Retina Specialists. He is truly a gift and has been a big part of my family’s lives for almost 30 years!