T-9… And Counting.

2 03 2011

The beautiful breast cancer-themed -- and quite cozy -- blanket up for auction. Photo by Amy Rauch Neilson.

You wouldn’t believe what’s been showing up on our doorstep since my breast cancer diagnosis Jan. 12.

Lake Michigan sweatshirts — one each for me, Don and Theo — to keep us warm. A package of Be Well Red Teas, chocked full of antioxidants and herbs to help me detox my body after chemo. And on their way? Some moonstones from my new bff, brilliant author and fellow breast cancer survivor, Laura Kasischke. (We’ve got big plans on tap once I’m all better. But that’s all I’m gonna say about that for now.)

One afternoon, the postal carrier brought a red and white Staples box to the door. I thought, What in the world did we order from Staples?

Nothing, as it turns out.

And that was a good thing. A very good thing.

Because in the package was a beautiful, hand-crocheted blanket like the one in the picture. Like the one, but not the one. I love you all, but I’m not giving up MY blankie!

It was a surprise from my cousin, Mary Dougherty, who not only made it by hand, but also prayed over each and every single stitch. Now that is powerful! (The new blankie up for auction wields that same power!)

It quickly became the item to swipe and run off with at our house. I’d be looking for it, thinking I absentmindedly set it someplace, and then I’d come across Don or Theo, snoozing happily beneath it. Sigh. How can you take a blankie from a Little Man, or a Grown One, for that matter? I can’t do it. So, I waited my turn. I also had a refresher course in Playing Nice and Sharing. We’ve settled for using it together on the nights when we don’t have quick access to a referee.

The colors are fab — the hot pink stripe gives it some kick. It’ll be there on March 18, at the Bowling Benefit and Silent Auction. Wonder who will be taking it home?

Don’t forget — you can get all the info you need about the Bowling Benefit and Silent Auction under the “Events” Tab on my blog. If you still have questions, please contact my bff Kristi Rugh Kahl, at kristikahl@comcast.net. She’s officially In Charge of this Event — not to mention, the fabulous and talented Bean Counter for Team Amy!

Don’t like to bowl or don’t feel like it? No worries! You are welcome to come and hang out, chatter, laugh, catch up, peruse the Silent Auction items.

Oh. And the T-9? Yeah. About that. That’s how many days you’ve got before you MUST be registered to bowl!

More later, right here. For now, I’m off to nap. Yesterday’s chemo was nothing short of BRUTAL and I promised my hubby I’d rest this afternoon. I’m off to make good on that promise.

Copyright 2011, Amy Rauch Neilson

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