Welcome to Scatterbrain Handmade!
Hi, my name is Lisamarie.
Back in the 2011 I had just moved from Southcoast, Massachusetts, to Austin, Texas which at the time was the GREATEST thing that I had ever done, period. Loving my life in an incredible city, I really didn't make as much time as I should have for makery and my days grew shorter by the minute...and oddly so did my energy.
Something in my throat felt swollen, like I had golf balls stuck in there. I quickly found out I had cancer. Stage 2 Hodgkin's lymphoma. After just 6 months I had to leave my new, exciting, sun drenched life in Austin to move back home to Massachusetts for medical treatment in Boston. After a few long weeks of tests, procedures and surgeries, chemotherapy could finally start. I would love to say I enjoyed my twelve rounds of chemo but I can think of a few more words that are better suited to best describe the experience. I'll let you use your imagination.
Here's the bittersweet part of my year balding. In my specific situation most of my medical treatment was free. I didn't have to work and I moved back in with my mother who cared for me during treatment. (Bless her heart) So I had almost a full year "off" from work. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying "Yay! I got cancer!!" by any means, but I was thankful for the time I had to explore my creativity again. And thankfully, I still had it.
During the days I felt well enough to sew even just for a little while, I sewed. If I was too tired to sit up but not tired enough to sleep, I drew. On the days I had a little energy I would work on other craft projects. I began to realize how happy I was making things. Creating things. I could make whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. It was an incredible feeling to have no deadlines, or other obligations except 'don't die' as a daily regiment.
Crafting and making things was my therapy. It was my treatment and after 6 rounds of chemotherapy my cancer had gone into remission. With only a few months to go to finish the other six treatments before I was officially declared "cancer free".
So fast forward a couple years where I am now. I live a happier, healthier life now because of what I have gone though. And for that, I am thankful for having cancer.
Now that I'm healthy and back on the right track its time to share my love for Makery with the world, one craft project at a time.