Pursuit with Purpose

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In this blog post I will be answering 4 questions that talk about Pursuit With Purpose. I was listening to a podcast and what the speaker was saying really made me think about why I started my business and what I was trying to achieve through my website Jo’s Crafty Hook. The purpose of my website is to give other Scoliosis Survivors hope as they cope by doing Crochet. In pursuit of my purpose I want to share what Scoliosis is and the effects it has on Survivors. Also in pursuit of my purpose I want to share ways for us to cope through Crochet.
The podcast I was listening to was by Melyssa Griffin. It was the very first podcast in her “Pursuit with Purpose” series on iTunes.   

I met Melyssa when I enrolled in her course called Pinfinite Growth where she teaches how to get more out of Pinterest when growing your business.  Melyssa teaches entrepreneurs and bloggers how to grow their audience and skyrocket their income.   Melyssa is celebrating the 1 year anniversary of her “Pursuit With Purpose” podcast series.  By celebrating the anniversary she asks us to listen to the very first podcast called “My Story and How I’m Infusing My Life and Business With More Purpose.”  In the podcast Melyssa has us asking ourselves 4 questions.  These questions are to help us focus on our goals.  She wants us to really think about what that purpose might be for us and how to bring it into our life and business.   You can swing by iTunes and listen to this for yourselves or listen to it right now to see why I am sharing this post or to help you focus on your purpose.  You can also find out more about Melyssa at and her podcast series here.

Now we come to the purpose of this post, to answer her 4 questions and to give you a little bit more insight into why I share my story with Scoliosis and my love of Crochet.

The first question Melyssa asks is:  “What fired you up in life, what was super fun for you?”  The things that fired me up in life was my family and experiencing the things we did together is what made it super fun for me.  When I was growing up it was just me, my sister, and our mom.  My parents divorced when I was 3 years old, so I didn’t have a “normal” family upbringing.  Because of this I always told myself I would have a “normal” family setting when I had children.  That is exactly what I did.  I married at 19 and had 2 children by age of 22.  The super fun part was keeping my children busy doing things they enjoyed and living their experiences through their eyes.  My husband and children were what fired me up and still are!  My kids are now 26 and 23 and even though they are grown they are still my main focus in life along with my hubby.

The second question was “How would someone in your life describe you now?”  They would say I have slowed down and I don’t get out much.  That I spend all my time crocheting, which in my eyes is NOT a bad thing.  lol  They would say I do for my children and husband when needed and asked.   They would also say I am in pain all the time and try to take care of things when I can.  The people in my life have seen what my disease, Scoliosis has done to my life.  They experienced all the pain and suffering right along with me.  They have even experienced the achievements I have made during my struggles with Scoliosis.

The third questions was “Why do you feel like you were born?”  I have asked myself this questions so times throughout my life.  About 18 years ago I finally figured out why I was born, it was to share my experiences with Scoliosis.  It was to let others know that even though we get knocked down in life, we do get back up.  When I ask myself this question now it is the same thing but there is another reason I feel I was born and that was to share my LOVE of Crochet.  People still ask me “What does Scoliosis and Crochet have to do with each other?”  Now I can tell them exactly what they have to do with each other in my life.  Scoliosis and Crochet can offer hope and a way to cope.  I want to give Scoliosis or Chronic Pain sufferers hope.  I want to tell them how Crocheting for me is such a HUGE part of my life, not in just creating things with my hands but in having a coping mechanism to help me get through some of my worst days.  I want to share my trials and triumphs.  I want to give them a way they can use Crochet to cope!

The last question has me really thinking about where I am at with my purpose.   Melyssa has us asking ourselves “In your current life are you not living in alignment with your purpose?”  ” Where are you living?” ” What needs to shift?”  “How can you bring more of that into your life today?”  These questions really got me thinking about what I am trying to accomplish with this blog and sharing my love of Crochet.  I have to say these questions really get you thinking.  I am just starting out as a blogger.  I have barely begun reaching for my purpose.  I know that in order to get where I need to be I have to spend more time learning and that I have a long way to go to bring more into my life today.  I need to learn more about blogging for one.  lol  I need to do more research every day on Scoliosis so I can supply my audience with the right information about it.  I need to learn how to draw in more people so they can learn about me, my projects, and my life with Scoliosis.  Lastly,  I need to learn how to keep myself happy so when I share a story people become informed and that they want to come back for more.  I have along way to go but in sharing this story with you today is a step in the right direction!

I hope you take the time and listen to Melyssa’s podcast because later in the podcast she gives us some pointers on how we can reach our purpose and implement them in our life or business.   The information she shares can help you to become who you want to be.  We all want to become a better person, we still have goals in our lives no matter where we are at in life.  Please take the time and stop by Melyssa’s website or subscribe to her “Pursuit with Purpose” podcast series.  Her podcasts have already helped me to focus on my purpose!  She can also be reached on Instagram at @melyssa_griffin.

Thank you for taking the time to read my post.  If you have any comments or questions, I would LOVE to hear from you!  You can post your comments below or email me directly at jo@joscraftyhook.com.

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Scoliosis and Crochet

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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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Signs and Symptoms of Scoliosis

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Signs and symptoms of Scoliosis may include:

  • Uneven shoulders
  • One shoulder blade that appears more prominent than the other
  • Uneven waist
  • One hip higher than the other

If a scoliosis curve gets worse, the spine will also rotate or twist, in addition to curving side to side. This causes the ribs on one side of the body to stick out farther than on the other side.

Causes

Doctors don’t know what causes the most common type of scoliosis — although it appears to involve hereditary factors, because the disorder tends to run in families. Less common types of scoliosis may be caused by:

  • Neuromuscular conditions, such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy
  • Birth defects affecting the development of the bones of the spine
  • Injuries to or infections of the spine

Risk factors for developing the most common type of scoliosis include:

  • Age. Signs and symptoms typically begin during the growth spurt that occurs just prior to puberty.
  • Sex. Although both boys and girls develop mild scoliosis at about the same rate, girls have a much higher risk of the curve worsening and requiring treatment.
  • Family history. Scoliosis can run in families, but most children with scoliosis don’t have a family history of the disease.

Complications

While most people with scoliosis have a mild form of the disorder, scoliosis may sometimes cause complications, including:

  • Lung and heart damage. In severe scoliosis, the rib cage may press against the lungs and heart, making it more difficult to breathe and harder for the heart to pump.
  • Back problems. Adults who had scoliosis as children are more likely to have chronic back pain than are people in the general population.
  • Appearance. As scoliosis worsens, it can cause more noticeable changes — including unlevel shoulders, prominent ribs, uneven hips, and a shift of the waist and trunk to the side. Individuals with scoliosis often become self-conscious about their appearance
  • Mayo Clinic

 

The reason I am telling you my story is that not everyone hears about Scoliosis.  If they do it is because their children had to have a screening or someone you know has Scoliosis.  I am just one person who has suffered through some horrible things because of this disease.  Yes it IS a disease, it changes a person’s outlook on life and they undergo some major trials as they become a “Scoliosis Survivor.”  Every day for me with Scoliosis is a challenge.  Not everyone has gone through the things I have and not everyone diagnosed with Scoliosis will.  I am just 1 out of the 7 million people affected with the disease.

I am a Scoliosis Survivor because even though I am in Chronic Pain I still get up every day and endure!  I endure Chronic Pain every day. I endure my body’s ever changing shape. I endure walking slowly or not at all.  I endure my clothes not fitting right. I endure living every day of my life with not knowing what my tomorrow may be like.  “Will I fall again? Will I be able to make it to the bathroom without pain? Will I be able to crochet anything today? Will I be able to feed myself today?”  These are just some of the questions that constantly go through my mind while I survive Scoliosis.

If you are a Scoliosis Survivor, I would LOVE to hear your story, so please feel free to share it with me by filling out the Comments section below.  If you don’t want your story shared on my post, you can email it to me and I will be happy to read your journey with Scoliosis.  You can email me at jo@joscraftyhook.com.  I look forward to hearing from you!

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About Me

Welcome to my website my name is Jo Baird and I would like to share my LOVE of Crochet with you!  In January 2018 I opened an Etsy shop called Jo’s Crafty Hook where I make Handmade Crocheted Creations!  I have been crocheting for over 20 years and I turned what I LOVE to do into a business. I have Crocheted Afghans, Baby Items, Pet Items, Clothing and many other things.  The best part of Crocheting is that the patterns can be made over and over again using different colors and sizes!   As I tell my customers “I can Customize my creations to fit your style, size, and color!”

The other reason for my website is that I want to inform others about the disease I have, Scoliosis. and to share my story as a Scoliosis Survivor.  I want to spread Scoliosis Awareness,  I want to make others aware of first what Scoliosis is; how they can recognize Scoliosis; things they can do if they have Scoliosis like exercises and hobbies such as Crocheting, and lastly some of the latest treatment options that are available to them.

I want to give others hope by helping them cope!  I want to make them aware that even though they have this disease they can still be productive by doing things like Crochet.   I want to provide them with patterns they can do to get their minds off their pain and make beautiful things in the process, I want to let them know they can Crochet to Cope.

My website and business are just getting started, but I have a lot of things I want to share.  You can click on the Social Media links at the bottom of this page and start following me! Also be sure to stop back by and check out what my Crafty Hook has created next!

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