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Friday, February 27, 2009

When I started my knitting blog four years ago, I figured I would simply share some projects, write something light-hearted, maybe meet a few knitters in the real world. I didn't imagine I'd grow to care about these people whose lives I followed on blogger and typepad and wordpress. I didn't consider that one day, one of them would just be gone.

Jennifer Walsh, whose knitting blog was Finding Her, died recently after a lifelong struggle with cystic fibrosis. She was waiting for a double lung transplant in Massachusetts, but she never got her miracle. Jenn was only 28.

I never met Jenn, but we corresponded for years and I always admired how brave she was about her illness. She once wrote that even on her toughest day -- which is probably so much tougher than I can even imagine -- the worst she let herself feel was "blah." In her final posts on her blog detailing her illness, 65 Roses in Bloom, she talked about starting an etsy shop to sell her handmade items, since she had been too sick for other work. She even bought a new camera and a light tent. Her final finished object was a pink crocheted afghan for a baby shower she didn't get to attend.

Her friend Talana, who also has CF, was kind enough to break the news to me on Ravelry, otherwise I might never have known. Talana will walk in Jenn's memory this May.

Jenn's fiance (they postponed their wedding because she was too sick) told me that donations can be made in Jenn's memory to:

NTAF: National Transplant Assistance Fund
150 North Radnor Chester Rd Suite F-120
Radnor, PA 19087


Blogger Karen Olson said...

This post touched me, because today my niece had to go back into the hospital because of a bad cough caused by her CF. She's 17.

All my sympathies to Jenn's friends and family.

6:55 PM  
Blogger Stardust B. said...

Thank you for letting us know.

8:43 PM  
Blogger gleek said...

this is so sad :( though i never read her blog, i know that her good spirit and kindness touched many people. she will be missed.

9:30 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. I had a look through her blogs and she seemed like a very creative person. It's very sad, she was so young.

10:14 PM  
Blogger Carrie said...

This is so sad, Carrie. I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend - it sounds like she meant a lot to so many people. hugs to you.

12:20 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

So sad. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family, and to you.

10:10 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Thanks for letting us know. We emailed back and forth a few times, so sad to hear the news :(

1:29 PM  
Blogger KimT said...

heart breaking...........

12:34 AM  

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