On Sunday, August 24, North Seattle Friends blessed 35 quilts to be given to bone marrow and stem cell transplant patients of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. The following is the story of one of our quilts from a note we received from a caregiver.
“I have a little story to tell you about the power of a quilt. My friend that I’m care taking of here in Seattle has had a tough year, from diagnosis and treatment for cancer (one with a poor prognosis) at Stanford to the bone marrow transplant here (in Seattle). While in the hospital here in Seattle he found on his bed a lovely quilt with a note on it that it was made with love by a Quaker group here. This man is a business person and not prone to expressing emotion. Yesterday he allowed his tears to flow (who wouldn’t have sadness with all that’s been happening), the release was stimulated by his thinking of the quilt.
“Why the quilt is the key to unlock what is inside (sweet sadness, grief, and much more) and needs to be released is a mystery. I said I thought it might be the love it was made with. His logical mind is struggling with why when he thinks of the quilt he breaks into tears. He is sitting with it and today told me the word is not love, but blessing. He treasures this quilt so, he couldn’t decide whether to keep it under wrap or to use it. I’m happy to say he has decided to use it.”