Meredith was diagnosed at age 34 and while she, like so many women describes her experience with breast cancer as difficult and life changing, she also believes that she has never experienced anything quite as life affirming. She found that the process of going through treatment was a practice for living in the moment and focusing on what is most important – enjoyment. She also became aware of the different set of issues young women with breast cancer face, and became a member of the Young Survival Coalition – Milwaukee’s leadership council.
Meredith’s rocking chair was inspired by two things – the renewal that the arrival of spring brought after her winter of treatments, and the centuries’ old craft of knitting. She credits meditation, a great deal of knitting and the knowledge that come springtime, the sun would shine and the flowers bloom, with keeping her looking forward beyond her disease.
Meredith says that through her experience she learned an incredible lesson about love and relationships. Her husband, Abe, “who was with me every step of the way”, she says was her greatest teacher, and she will be forever grateful to her parents, friends and family, for the support and encouragement they offered her. “They helped me to feel that I have a place in this world and in their hearts.”
*Meredith expresses a heartfelt thank you to Ruhama’s Yarn & Needlepoint for their generous donation of the lovely yarn she used to make the throw which accompanies the rocking chair.