I know it’s been quite a while since you’ve heard from me, so I thought I would come check-in today. If you read my last post HERE, you’re already aware that I’m on a break from sewing due to tendinitis in my elbow. The doctor originally said “no sewing” for about a month, but when I went for my 1-month check-up a week ago, he said give it another two weeks. Then the therapist said that once I’m cleared to sew again, I must ease back into it slowly, like 15 – 20 minutes at a time. Now see, I was ready to go full speed like a bull chasing the matador. I was ready for that first day back, sewing from sun up till sun down. I had my meals and snacks planned and everything. Hahahahaaa! Nevertheless, I will listen and take it easy and slow. Moving forward I will have to take breaks, while sewing, to do some of the stretching exercises I’ve learned in therapy. I’m still wearing the brace and will continue to do so until he says I don’t need it.
Remember that list of things I said I wanted to get done while on the sewing break? Well, let’s just say, I’ve been chilling. Hahaha!!! I’ve done a little here and there, but none of those projects are near completion. It’s okay, I’ll get it done eventually. I do have something very important to share with you though. Continue reading below.
Mental Health Awareness Month
Within our sewing community, you will find that there are many of us who use sewing as an outlet to cope with mental health conditions. The first week in October is Mental Health Awareness Week and Tabitha of tabithasewer.com designed this t-shirt to bring awareness to our community. If you are interested in purchasing a t-shirt for yourself, or as a gift for someone else, 10% of the proceeds will be donated to NAMI. This Limited Edition T-shirt is being sold Oct 1- Nov 1 and is available at Tabitha’s website in the link above.
I stand in support of those who struggle with mental health issues and I’m very grateful that Tabitha is helping to bring awareness within our community. While I have not struggled with any form of mental illness of my own in the past, I am currently using sewing as a preventative measure and therapy after the recent death of my husband. Losing the love of my life is the most devastating thing I’ve ever experienced. Depression is very common in the grieving process. I believe that without something to focus on and help me cope with my reality, it would be easy to spiral down into a dark hole of depression. For me, sewing is that THING I turn to which gives me something to look forward to. It gives me a relief from the thoughts that consume me about my husband not being here. I’ve learned to sew through the pain. I’ve allowed the screams and crying to take course while I’m sewing. When my cleansing moments are over, with tear stained cheeks, I continue sewing. I endure the pain to open the way for healing. I embrace the pain now so that my future will find me healthy and whole. Sewing helps to remind me that I still have life and it is to be lived to the fullest. My husband wouldn’t want it any other way. SEWING HEALS!!!
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Remember: When you live in your DESIGN, it is from there that God SHINES!