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  • Writer's pictureRhona Norrie

Stitches and love go a long way (free chart)

The three words most people want to hear are, of course, ‘I love you’. It is often said that these words aren’t spoken enough. However, there are another three words that are definitely said too much – ‘You have cancer.’ These are the words that no-one wants to hear.

Cancer is a particularly cruel disease striking anyone at any age. I read an article by a woman who had cancer and she very eloquently described her cancer as a thief - robbing her of hope, dignity and self-esteem. Too often, this thief may steal life too. Breast cancer is no exception. Every thirteen minutes a woman will die from breast cancer. That is a terrible statistic. Think of all the women in your life…mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, nieces, friends, co-workers etc. How would your life be without one of these women? But we can do something about this. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and you will, no doubt, have noticed all the pink ribbons popping up to remind everyone. We all know that we should have regular screening, and I hope that you all do get your screenings, but it’s also a time where we can help and support those families who are battling with breast cancer – and I say families because a diagnosis of breast cancer affects the whole family. Let them know during this difficult period in their life that they are loved by sending them a stitched card. I don’t know about you, but I can’t always put in to words what I'm feeling and say what’s in my heart, especially when someone is facing a battle with cancer. These cards say everything and more…they show you care.

A cross stitch pattern in pink and purple for Breast Cancer Awareness. The patterns are ribbons with dragonflies, and the words "I care".

Once you have stitched the free chart and made it into a card, it’s suitable to send to those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, those living with the disease, as encouragement during treatment, or maybe just as a reminder to get checked. It’s a small thing but may be a huge difference in someone’s life.

If you don’t have the pinks listed in the key, you can still stitch these cards just use any four shades of pink you have in your stash.

The design has also been charted in lilacs which is the colour for all cancers giving you the chance to send this card to someone with another form of cancer.

Send your love no matter what.


Breast Cancer Awareness free chart
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Breast Cancer Awareness.alt colours
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