Sunday, November 18, 2012

A Gift of Warmth and Beauty

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A wonderful gift was recently sent to my husband who was diagnosed with esophageal cancer this year. At the moment he is cancer free thanks to the wonderful Doctors and Nurses at SouthLake Cancer Centre and many hours of chemotherapy and radiation treatments with excellent technicians  and lastly a good Surgeon. Even though he is on the mend he does not feel that way most of the time.  One of the things that he feels constantly is the need for warmth. He lost a lot of weight from an already slight frame in normal times.   His time to feeling well comes slowly day by day.

Our friends in Peterborough, Judy and Les requested that a quilt from Victoria’s Quilts of Canada be sent to Paul to keep him warm.  This lovely quilt is a lap size just big enough to wrap around you while having an afternoon nap. It is done in white and black with a brown border and backed with a warm flannel material.  It is masterfully sewn and quilted together. It is quite a work of art.  We thank them for this most grateful gift. 

Victoria’s Quilts as the card says “was established in memory of Victoria Ann Morrison who was a cancer patient and a quilt maker. She made over 100 “Love Quilts” in her short lifetime.  She spoke of being cold during her chemotherapy treatments.  With her in mind and after much thought and prayer, Victoria’s Quilts Canada was founded in 1998.” Betty Giffin is the founder.  The mission of this organization is to provide hand-made quilts to people with cancer.  By providing quilts they bring a physical and emotional comfort to those battling the disease.  There is never a cost to either the requestor or the recipient.  To date they have distributed over 5500 quilts across Canada. Pretty amazing isn’t it? 

Should you like to look into this wonderful organization visit their website at www.victoriasquiltscanada.com.  

I will be joining Mary for Mosaic Monday today.   I hope that you have a wonderful week.

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18 comments:

Crafty Gardener said...

What a wonderful organization. It is so good to hear Paul is cancer free. Recovery does take a long time and that gorgeous quilt will certainly keep him warm during those days.

Jenni said...

Sorry to hear your husband is going through this battle, but good to hear he is on the mend. The quilt is lovely...and what an wonderful and quite an amazing lot of people who must give thir time and energy to make these special quilts. Heading o have a look at the site now.hugs,
Jenni

eileeninmd said...

What a lovely quilt and gift. So happy you happy is cancer free, I hope enjoys his new quilt to help keep him warm. Have a great evening and a lovely week ahead.

Carol at Serendipity said...

You are in my thoughts and prayers. Quilts help heal. I know that to be a fact.

Carol

Lavender Cottage said...

What a thoughtful gift for Paul, I'll bet he's cozy wrapped up in his new lap quilt.
Judith

Lorrie Orr said...

What a wonderful organization. I had never heard of them. And what a pretty quilt to take a nap under. I'm glad your husband is cancer free, but I know it takes a long time to recover from all the treatments as well.
Have a wonderful week!

Pondside said...

What a thoughtful and appropriate gift! The warmth is as surely in the love with which it was made as in the quilt itself!

podso said...

Valerie I 'm glad your husband is cancer free and hope he continues to gain strength and feel better ... and stay warm. The quilt is beautiful and you've done a nice mosaic of it,

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

It does sound like a wonderful organization, Valerie, and this was such a thoughtful gift for your husband from your friends! It is so good to hear your husband is now cancer free, and I hope he begins to feel stronger soon!

Heather @ new house, new home, new life said...

How lovely, Valerie. This is a gift to be treasured for so many reasons - the fact that your friends care about you enough to send something like this, the organization that provides these and the warmth it will give your husband during his recovery. Prayers for you all.

Georgianna said...

Dear Val, That is a truly beautiful gift and organization. I am very happy to hear your husband is on the mend. I'm so sorry that I didn't know what was happening as I've been absent from visiting for awhile. Sending all positive wishes.

G

Riet said...

What a beautiful present and what a wonderful organisation Valerie. I love that quilt, such nice colors. I hope your husband will feel real better very soon, it is wonderful to hear that he is cancerfree . Have a nice week.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

A very lovely quilt and I am so hoping that this does warm your dear husband and that in time his body shall heal and that he gain his strength in coming weeks and months. Happy day to you and happy week~

Icy BC said...

Beautiful quilt for speedy recovery!
Happy Thanksgiving..

A Garden of Threads said...

Wow Val, it is stunning...what a beautiful gift. Love the colours and the gold border is a lovely compliment.

Chris said...

Hi there and greetings from Northern Ontario. So glad to hear that your hubby is doing well. I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I went to the website, what a wonderful organization, how amazing that one woman could branch out into so many caring volunteers, and have such reach through the years.

Wishing your husband healing everyday, and that each day gets better for him.

Jen

Rosie Nixon said...

That's a wonderful organisation. My mum knows of someone who does something similar over here too. Having been a patchwork quilter in the past I know how much work goes into making a quilt - it must be so rewarding for the quilter and such a labour of love aswell.