First of all, thank you to every single person who has contributed already to the Mandalas for Marinke collaborative crochet art project, designed to raise awareness about depression and mental health issues while celebrating the creative work of Wink who succumbed to suicide earlier this summer.
This issue also includes my monthly column on crochet health, featuring an interview with Maggie Bausola. Maggie worked as a nurse, which she had to stop doing after she developed hospital-acquired pneumonia and treatment-resistant asthma that left her debilitated.
As most of you know, Wink and I first “met” when she shared her story with me for Crochet Saved My Life. That was several years ago and we stayed in touch periodically online since that time. I’ve been deeply impacted by her suicide and hope that the Mandalas For Marinke remembrance project will continue to honor her through sharing her work and raising awareness about depression. Today I thought I’d share her story as it was printed in Crochet Saved My Life.
The #MandalasForMarinke project now has its own dedicated page here on Crochet Concupiscence where you will find more information about the project and answers to FAQ.
The newest issue of Happily Hooked digital crochet magazine (#15) includes my article about Rebecca Monroe and how crochet has helped her.
I have been deeply impacted this morning by the news that Marinke (Wink) of A Creative Being succumbed to suicide. (See full post here.) And I feel like I need to do something. After re-reading her story in Crochet Saved My Life, mulling it over during meditative crochet and mindful walking, I’ve come up with the project. It’s called #MandalasForMarinke.
If you’ve read my book, Crochet Saved My Life, then you’ve been introduced to Aurore who has used crochet to help her cope with auditory hallucinations and other symptoms of schizophrenia. Aurore recently got a new job and connected with me for an update that I wanted to share with you here today.