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October 27, 2014 / keeponspinning

Until we meet again, Christina Newman


There are lots of facebook groups for people with cancers of all sorts, but one group in particular I have really connected with. I learn things from them every day, anything from medical details about the latest research studies to hints and tips for getting teenagers to participate in family videos. Many of us share advanced cancer and young children. That combination is the toughest ever. Truly. So it’s great to have such support, from ladies who really, honestly get it. But as you’d expect with such a group, we lose people pretty regularly. One friend in this group, with kids of course, who actually lived in Charlotte died earlier this week, and then today we lost Christina Newman who had the sweetest one year old. Sigh.

 —  with Christina Newman
(from Facebook – Ann O)
October 25, 2014 / keeponspinning

a vacation to Michigan – for you?

Michigan in winter – a very good thing… FREE trip to Michigan in the winter – priceless winter getaway for 5 at Boyne Mountain Ski Resort in Michigan, $12,000 value.

Let it snow! Enjoy 5-days at the Boyne Highlands Resort in Michigan for five, including airfare, gift cards and $2,000 cash.

October 22, 2014 / keeponspinning

Socks, & Chemo Day B

From Facebook – Ann O


Socks, chemo….. After a lovely day at Infusion Center A yesterday, I am now at Infusion Center B. Today’s cocktail includes Halaven (the Sponge Bob chemo) and Cyclophosphamide (cheap but very very valuable old fashioned chemo) and Zometa (bone chemo that causes fever. When all your other drugs tell you to get REALLY REALLY upset and do not pass Go do not collect 200 dollars go get checked if you have a fever….. ) 

Upon request, I am waiting for a couple more photos of much loved socks. You all made me SO happy yesterday with all the stories and the photos. I felt so wrapped up in friendship, and it totally got me through. Maybe we need to think of something fun to do every chemo day. I need SOMETHING to make it better, this is getting far beyond tolerable otherwise. 

Today’s photos… Today’s socks, for this superblitz chemofest, are rainbow socks which match my sock-sister Ann Voskamp’s, that she wears when she needs to be brave. Yesterday’s Infusion Day Specials were the collaborative project with my friend Tricia Morris. Then, the socks with shoes belong to Jane Sweeney Ghosh who is in the airport on the way from England!!! And the final photo is today’s chemo doula, who gets to sleep through this experience because he has to work all night.






October 21, 2014 / keeponspinning

News from Brian, especially for those in the Charlotte area

Elizabeth was busy on Facebook today. 😃 – Ann O

After a weekend of master classes, Brian will be playing with the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival in their performance at St. Ann’s Gaudium Musicae concert series this Sunday at 5 PM. Tickets will be available at the door or online here :




October 21, 2014 / keeponspinning

Photo Call – a Sock Contest

from Facebook – Ann O

Photo Call! You know those hand-made-with-so-many-prayers-and-so-much-love socks I make? Did you know that there are people who have them and DON’T wear them??? So here’s the deal. I have chemo today and tomorrow, and let’s just say I am NOT thriving. Meanwhile, I went through the socks I have been working on all year for Christmas, and I have three pair without a specific recipient. I guess I could put them on ebay but I desperately need this distraction today, from the chemo and the stress and feeling so darn bad. I will put up photos of these three pairs later, right now George is sleeping in the room with the socks, and waking him up would be unwise. So. Three pair of socks, one each, size small (womens 4 to 7) medium (womens 6 to 8) and large (womens 8 to 10) …. The winner of this photo contest will be able to choose (after also seeing the photos) from these three pair. 

How do you get to be that person who gets first pick of these socks? The winner is the person who posts a photo of the MOST WORN OUT hand-made-by-Elizabeth prayer socks. If you only have one remaining of the pair, that’s fine, post a picture. If it’s obvious from the photo that you made holes on purpose to win, you won’t win. I KNOW what real worn out socks look like. Alternative to posting a photo would be telling the story of your very old or very worn out socks. Stories are great on days like today. So post on my wall, or email me a photo (or story) and I will put it up on FB. (If it’s not OK to put on FB let me know. 

What about the other two pair? Those are for a little project I want us to do together over the next few days of chemo-misery. I want to use them to join all our pennies together to make a REAL donation to Maya Rowencak‘s non-profit called Maya’s Hope. Details about that in the post with the sock photos. 

So if I have knit you socks, and if you’ve worn them, and it shows, post a photo. Or a story. Oldest most worn socks win your choice of a brand new pair.

 A few hours later came an update with photos, when George was no longer sleeping. :-) — Ann O

Size Small – they are a little less washed out looking in real life.


Medium socks…. NOT a perfect knitting job, there are a few skipped stitches here and there. But the colors are gorgeous for fall, and the wool is super soft.



Large socks.


October 21, 2014 / keeponspinning


From Facebook – Ann O

This neurosurgery resident has a lot of wisdom about the whole cancer concept… which is probably good since he has stage 4 lung cancer himself. It’s definitely a process thing.

“Stop skipping dessert:” A Stanford neurosurgeon and cancer patient discusses facing terminal…

When Paul Kalanithi, MD, a chief resident in neurological surgery at Stanford, was diagnosed at age 36 with stage IV lung cancer he struggled to learn how to
October 18, 2014 / keeponspinning

Jane is coming! and…

from Facebook – Ann O


Just in case you were wondering, my sister Jane Sweeney Ghosh will be here from England in four days. Thank God. I have missed her so much…. and what else…. let’s see, Brian has his symphony seating audition. Finalizing all arrangements for Danny to go camping AND to Washington D.C. with his porta-PICU and Patrick Sweeney and his RN right when Dixon goes back to work…. and I am somehow supposed to have chemo twice more between now and when her plane touches down. Not sure I’m up for all this….


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