May 07 17

A Trip Down Memory Lane

The last few weeks have kind of whizzed by and the only quilting I’ve done have been demos in classes.  I’m throwing in a few quilt photos here to thank you for coming to my blog even though I have no new work to blog about!
(Doesn’t this table runner put you into a springtime mood?)  Anyway, I was straightening out some drawers last Friday and came upon a bunch of paperwork from an event that had occurred literally 8 years ago to the day…how’s that for a coincidence?!  Anyway, the event was that I was a stem cell donor for a young man with a lymphoma.
The whole experience was very moving and ended up being pretty easy.  One of the things I remember about it was that Mother’s Day was just after the donation, and I felt so happy all day because I kept thinking that this guy’s mom was probably feeling great, that her son had another chance.  My guy did very well but then suddenly died 6 months later, just before Thanksgiving.  Ever since then, I still think about that mom every Mother’s Day and wish I could reach out to her some way.  It’s funny how you can feel so connected to people you really don’t know at all.
If you’ve ever thought about being a stem cell donor, do it!  If you are curious about how the process works, I wrote a blog post about it in May of 2009 and you can read that by clicking here.  Hopefully, I will have a new post later this week with photos from some current quilting!
water lily quartet NI


  1. QuiltShop Gal Says:

    Bless you for being a stem cell donor and for encouraging others to also join. Great post.


  2. Diane Evans Says:

    Wow, Patsy — what moving story about your stem cell donation. How wonderful that you probably gave that young man and his mother some extra time together that he might not have gotten otherwise. What a beautiful Mother’s Day gift you gave — bless you.

    I always enjoy seeing the wonderful work you do, whether it’s brand new or a trip down memory lane — it’s always inspirational.