Some of you who have visited my website might be asking “What does Scoliosis and Crochet have to do with each other?” “Why are you selling Handmade Crocheted Creations and writing about Scoliosis?” Well if you are asking these questions or ones similar this is why, I am a 45 year old woman, married with 2 adult children, I have been Crocheting for over 25 years, and I have Scoliosis.
If you have read my previous posts, then you know my life with this disease, yes Scoliosis is a disease, has not been a pleasant one. I have undergone 5 surgeries on my back and I suffer from chronic pain. I just seen a Spine Specialist who says I have Severe Scoliosis and I need to see another specialist who deals in such deformities. I can’t say I’m surprised by his diagnoses. I was 13 years old when they found my Scoliosis. I know I have a deformity because it causes me grief daily and I have to look for ways to distract myself from the chronic pain. That’s where Crochet comes in.
Crocheting for me is my life line. It has been something I have enjoyed doing for over 20 years. I was taught by my Gran and my Mom when my kids were in school and I needed something to do to fill the time. Crocheting did not start out as my lifeline, it was just something I enjoyed doing while I had free time. In 2000 I went through a really rough time. I had my second back surgery and I was struggling every day with pain. I felt like I was fighting for my life. I had 2 young children to take care of, I had a husband that needed me, I had other family that I used to see once a week, and I had a job in the church. I desperately wanted to get back to all of them.
During the last months of 2000 I was bedridden. I couldn’t walk let alone move without serious pain in my back and shotting down my legs. I didn’t know it at the time, but the surgery and the instruments installed during the surgery were causing damage to my spine and nerves. So I had to find something to do to get my mind off of all of these issues! This is where Crocheting started to become my lifeline. It was where I learned to endure my struggles; where I learned to cope with the pain; where I learned that I could survive the challenges I was facing in my life.
Now, 18 years after that horrible surgery and the consequences of it I have turned what I love to do into a business. The business is a way for me to use my suffering. I have found a way to turn it into an opportunity, to share all of the lovely things I have made into something that could benefit me. I did this by opening an online shop at Etsy called Jo’s Crafty Hook. Over the last 3 years I have Crocheted enough items to stock the shelves of my shop. I have turned pain into pleasure for others. My customers get the finished product of my coping with my disease, something beautiful or beneficial.
I have used my lifeline many times over the years. I underwent 3 more surgeries and thousands of procedures on my back. I am still battling my disease today. I am facing the possibility of not being able to walk; of having to undergo yet another surgery; of not being able to interact with my kids and husband.
But I use my lifeline everyday. I carve out time to crochet every day. I have learned that I can be productive, that I can make others happy, that I can share my experiences by letting others know there is a way to survive Scoliosis. I want others to know there are ways for them to endure and cope no matter what struggles they face.
So I hope I have answered your question on what Crocheting and Scoliosis have to do with each other. Crocheting not only helps you make beautiful creations, but it helps you overcome and cope with the struggles you face every day no matter what they are. Crocheting for me is not only something I enjoy doing but it is a way for me to use my struggles to make others happy when they purchase my products.
Feel free to check out some of the Handmade Crocheted Creations I have made and listed at my Etsy Shop by clicking on the page from my website. You can also check out my shop here. You can also find out more about Scoliosis and my survival with it by clicking on the Scoliosis Awareness Page at the top of my website. As I tell my customers “be sure to pop back every once in a while to see what my Crafty Hook has created next!”
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