This contribution to the Mandalas for Marinke project comes from Sarah who writes,
“I subscribe to Happily Hooked magazine and I saw Wink’s story. I have never heard of Wink before now but I was touched by the tale. I myself have struggled with anxiety since about 2004 and agoraphobia since early 2010. I have been to therapists and tried different medications but through the last five years I needed something to occupy myself when my son was in school and I couldn’t leave the house. I decided to give crochet a try and I tried various designer’s ideas through YouTube.
I ended up coming across Mikey from The Crochet Crowd. His videos were the easiest to follow and little by little I taught myself to crochet. It definitely saved my sanity when I couldn’t leave the house and even now, though I am getting better, one of the few places I feel “safe” outside my home is the yarn department at Michael’s craft store.
She adds for Wink’s family,
“I am so sorry for your loss. I myself have had feelings of “when will this end?” and “maybe I should just give up the fight”. In the end, I had my children to keep me fighting. However, no one can truly understand or feel someone else’s pain. I believe that Wink had many friends, family, and even blog readers that loved and thought of her. Hopefully this tragedy will help others see that there is always someone there to offer love and support and there is always a reason to keep fighting!
And Sarah includes,
As an end note of what is now long instead of short, one other element of Wink’s story is that she is from the Netherlands. My husband is fully Dutch, born in Holland, and so my children are first generation Dutch Canadian. From what I hear, it is a beautiful country, and I can’t wait to visit one day!
I am proud to be a part of this project!”