There is a story making its way around the Internet that you have to hear if you haven’t caught it already. It’s the story of Barbara Finney, a woman who lost her fingers at the age of 25 but didn’t give up on the art of crocheting (and knitting). She taught herself to crochet without her fingers and now crochets for charity to help others that are in need. How inspiring!
According to the various news reports I’ve seen around the web, Barbara Finney suffered from a rare blood condition that put her in the hospital for half the year when she was just 25 years old. One of the complications of the blood disorder was that she lost her fingers.
Eight years have passed since that time and Finney has used those eight years to figure out how to deal with a life without fingers. She didn’t want to let this setback stop her from doing the things that she enjoyed doing, such as crocheting. So, she learned how to crochet and knit using just the stumps of hands that she has left.
Finney crochets for charity. She makes hats as well as blankets and donates them to a home hospice. She finds that she enjoys doing good for others, helping to keep the legs of a person in a wheelchair warm with one of her blankets for example. It adds meaning to her own life.
This is the kind of story that is inspiring because most of us aren’t sure that we could triumph in a similar situation. Most of us would probably feel sorry for ourselves that we had lost our fingers and couldn’t crochet anymore. Though Finney surely struggled with various emotions around this, she has overcome the challenges.
Source credit: Although I read quite a few different articles about Finney, the one that first taught me about the story was by Sharon Watterson of The Examiner. She is knit_n_scribble on Twitter. Watterson was also the source of the video that is featured above. I encourage you to read more of her work at The Examiner!