Finding Strength Within

July 31st

{Thank you very, very much for your kind words yesterday about my spill. I am feeling remarkably better today; I went for an x-ray yesterday. Thankfully nothing is broken, just sprained. After a great night’s sleep and good swim this morning, I am less sore and much happier. And! A friend fixed Ruby’s handlebars for me, so we’re that much closer to hitting the open road again.}

simple crane tote

This weekend I celebrated a friend’s triumphant defeat over leukemia. When receiving chemotherapy, she was given 1,000 origami cranes as an inspiration to keep fighting. (The story of how origami cranes and leukemia are linked is pretty incredible and worth a read.)

crane detail

Soon enough, she was planning how she would create 1,000 cranes for others being treated for leukemia as soon as she was out of the hospital. The cranes did the trick; Judy’s optimism became infectious.

my favorite verse

We celebrated her recovery with an Asian-themed party this weekend. I brought a crane bag (lined with one of my favorite verses) to ready her for her return to work, and Asian spring rolls.

appetizer for an asian-themed party

Today, I am especially thankful for modern medicine.

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29 Responses

  1. Great bag. I’m sure your friend will love it and the reminder that she defeated leukemia.

  2. You are a wonder of generosity, spirit and optimism. Hugs to you and your friend.

  3. i’m sorry, but that is the most amazing gift. seriously. with the cranes? awesome. okay, i lied. i’m not sorry at all.

  4. Happy to hear you and Ruby are on the road to recovery. Great bag and the symbolism behind it. What an awesome friend you are.

  5. Beautiful and thoughtful gift, kelli. I’m sure that she will treasure it. Mend quickly!

  6. Amazing…the verse linked with the cranes and the bag…oh, just all of it. Wonderful! And wonderful you are on the mend as well. I hope you and Ruby can get back to your regularly scheduled programming soon (wink).

  7. I will never forget reading Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes in 6th Grade. Never. Ever. I think that was my first introduction to the bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

  8. Wow, what a touching story. And what a terrific welcome back gift! I received your thank you note today. You are so gracious, giving, and kind. Receiving kind words from you always brightens my day. Thank you friend!

  9. Oooh. Pressed “Submit” too early.

    GREAT bag. I love the fabric “origami”.

  10. What a wonderful way to inspire someone. Origami is beautiful and were I more patient I’d try it as I have blocks of origami paper just lying around. I hope your friend never has a need for 1000 cranes again and instead can offer them to those in need of inspiration.

  11. congrats to your friend and glad YOU are feeling better too. now, we need to discuss you giving me that spring roll recipe…

  12. So glad that you’re not broken! And I continue to just be awed by your supportiveness, creativity, and craftiness!

  13. I remember trying some origami at school ages ago, and the teacher told us about Sadako. Nice how things turn around. Great bag, give a hug to your friend.

  14. Oh! We read the story of Sadako and the 1000 Paper Cranes in school. What a perfect gift you came up with there, and so beautifully executed!

  15. Good to hear you are on the mend. The bag is fabulous, it surely will be treasured.

  16. The cranes–what a lovely thing to do! I think it is awesome that your friend is ready-ing herself to bless someone else with 1000 cranes also!

  17. happy to hear you are feeling better. 🙂

    what a lovely gift, and i had never heard of the crane thing before. i am really glad to know about it, and think that there couldn’t be a nicer gift. so happy to hear that she is getting well and ready to pass the cranes on.

  18. Sounds like a good party! 😉 j/k

    YOU made the party great. For one, you made me forget that I was stressed about the party and I had a GREAT time with you. And you brought food! And gifts! My family is so lucky to have you…

    I love you!

  19. you are such a thoughtful person…I love the bag

    I dont comment much but have always enjoyed reading your blog and seeing the projects that you do

    I’ve recently started a blog…come check it out if you get the chance

  20. I’m so glad you’re feeling better today! Your crane celebratory bag for your friend is truly brilliant and special (and that you added a favorite scripture inside is a fantastic idea). I’m glad your friend is recovering and I’m sure she’ll love her bag.

  21. What a beautiful story, i’m going to do a unit on Sadako and the cranes in my class this year. I’m glad your blog today was all about healing…for you and your friend. You have alot to be greatful for.

  22. so glad you are not too badly hurt dear! that sounds so scary… thank goodness there were no cars coming!! take care of yourself sweetie.
    (the bag is beautiful too, and what a touching story!)

  23. the Sadako story is a powerful one.
    beautiful bag. beautiful gift.
    be well kelli,

  24. Happy to hear you’re feeling better. Even happier to hear of a healthy friend.

  25. Hey Kelli, when do you want the other goodie bags? What should be in these??

  26. rohanknitter August 2, 2007

    That is so great about your friends recovery – what a great bag you made her. The crane is inspired and I love the touch of the verse.
    Just back from vacay (too short!!) and sorry to hear about your merging with the merge sign! Thank goodness for helmets and be careful!

  27. nancybee August 2, 2007

    That is wonderful news about your friend.

    I get my students to read Sadako’s story every year. I get teary-eyed every time I read this little girl’s courageous battle.

  28. This comment may or may not get eaten… I’m not sure how well your comments respond to links…

    Anyway, I thought you might like to watch my animation called Sadako’s Cranes — there are links in that blog post for the Quicktime or YouTube version. It was the first animation I’d ever done, and was made for my media class last year. We were read Sadako’s story in early high school, and I remember it vividly to this day.