Yes, that’s me in the pictures. I guess I model my work….lol
I don’t have a link as I just sell my books on my own. Being the fact I’m a new writer, if I wanted a bookstore to sell the books I’d have to pay them to do so. At that point I lost money instead of made…. I will take a pic of both the books and email them. My first book, Tonya’s Healing, is my journey with cancer. Its a short story, very inspirational. I did 3 modeling shoots for the pictures. The layout is all the writing on the right side is my story, on the left side is pictures of me with inspirational quotes. My hope and prayer was I’d write a book to help people with their own journey with cancer or anything that may rob them of peace, serenity or joy…. and I’ve sold over 300! Many letters people have written me saying my book helped them, that it changed their lives. I brought strength.
My second, Putting the Can Back Into Cancer, is a workbook helping people have a can do attitude!
I’m starting another one….but crocheting is taking my time. But I love it!
I feel like I’m in a whole other place when I crochet. I’m in such a peaceful, joyous, and pain free. Having cancer and treatments leaves you with a lot of pain. One wakes up to it, and goes to bed with it. When I crochet I noticed it helped manage my pain, brought anxiety down, and it was a creative way to bring beauty at a time where there’s a lot of ugly. I love more than anything, helping others, so I make my scarves and give them away. I love looking at the finish product, wrapping it in tissue paper and I tie a flower that I crochet around it. I love watching peoples reaction…. see crocheting allowed me to go to radiation every day for a month, in my mind I won’t remember that it was a pain to drive 45 minutes every day, the fatigue, and pain, the horrible mask I had to wear etc. What I will remember is how all of us would laugh, that I got 3 other people to start knitting and crocheting, I’ll remember more of our talks about yarn, patterns….
You all gave me such a beautiful gift. You also helped give me confidence. Because I was able to learn something, watching a youtube video, create my own…. in that it helped me get thru what I needed to get thru with strength, confidence, serenity….words cannot describe my sincere gratitude for that!
I’m very excited to buy some patterns and yarns….. I love shopping for yarn just as much as all women love to shoe shop!…..lol
I’m sure we’ll be in touch. I truly get excited when I see your email.
Have a wonderful God bless day.
In working with Tonya to create this blog post, she gave us even more of her story. She is truly a remarkable woman. Read on.
Good morning! I am so sorry I couldn’t respond sooner, unfortunately its common to go to the ER…. if I may share another ‘chain reaction’ story, I had to go to the ER due to the radiation gave me horrible burns and I couldn’t breath today. While I was in the hospital I brought my 2nd purse, which is my crochet projects I carry. Any how, long story short, I ended up showing the whole nursing staff and the doctors my projects I was working on. A couple of the nurses even said they were going to check out Maggiescrochet website, as they were touched by my story and my love for crocheting. I’m bringing, this Friday, my first batch of scarves that I’m donating to the hospital. I’ve created a label saying all patterns and yarns purchased at maggiescrochet.com….. I can’t wait to pass the love….
I even made the x-ray tech wait so I could finish this one section….
Words truly cannot express my greatest, most sincere gratitude for your wonderful, easy to follow tutorials. I’m confident on tackling the next level. I’d like to make the poncho! Maggie and staff… thank you for…. well… for everything you all do. We live in a very souless world, you all touched my heart and helped bring joy back into my life! Thank you just doesn’t seem like its enough….
Thank you for sharing my story. We all seem to be on the same mission. Help others, share with others, inspire learn and grow with creativity.
May God bless you all as you have truly blessed me!!!
Many of us use our creative sides to get us through hard times, just like Tonya. When we create, whether it’s with a crochet hook and yarn, a paint brush or pencil and sketchbook, words or music, we enter a safe place: a place where the cares of the world disappear as we become one with the creative process, and where we put the forces of destruction aside, even if only for a moment.