WOYWW: What Cancer Cannot Do

As many of you know I lost my sister-in-law to cancer this week. She was a remarkable, amazing woman. For the memorial service this weekend her husband asked me to type up and frame a poem she had written down in one of her notebooks. I am not sure who the original author is so I can’t credit them but it is an inspirational poem and I hope it gives comfort to anyone coping with cancer:

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Wands was a wonderful seamstress, she loved to make crazy quilts so i stamped a mat with lots of vintage sewing stuff and added stitches like she did on her quilts. I wanted some softness around the words so I stamped flowers (she was also a talented gardener) with clear ink then dabbed chalk on with a cotton ball around the verse.

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I love the encouragement and hope in that poem.

Well, I did take a few photos of my desk today while I was working on the frame (I’m sure Wanda was up in heaven laughing at me as I tripped over binders of stamps while making this!) There are also a few gifts hiding in the piles but I don’t think anyone can tell what they are going to be…yes, I am still making my Christmas gifts. It is good to be busy right now.

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I want to wish everyone a merry Christmas, enjoy what you have and more importantly who you have in your life and til next time happy crafting.

What Cancer Cannot Do

Cancer is so limited…
It cannot cripple love.
It cannot shatter hope.
It cannot corrode faith.
It cannot destroy peace.
It cannot kill friendship.
It cannot suppress memories.
It cannot silence courage.
It cannot steal eternal life.
It cannot conquer the SPIRIT!

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34 Responses

  1. In a few words, one of your best post ever!

  2. Amen to that Lindsay! Your tribute frame is lovely and reflects your description of your sister-in-law gifts.

  3. I am so sorry to hear your sad news, but what a lovely poem and frame.
    Kyla #50

  4. Lindsay, Thank you for sharing her strength. My deepest love and respect to you and your family at this time.

  5. I love all these powerful verbs.

  6. What a lovely poem, Merry Christmas for you and your family.
    Izabel and family.

  7. Beautiful Linsay. I am a cancer survivor four 1/2 years out.

  8. I love your workspace picture, it made me feel good. Mine looks the same.

  9. I am so sorry for your loss {{hugs}} I know that poem brought my Mom comfort while battling lung cancer (she is thankfully in remission), and it is wonderful to share.

  10. Oh Linds, I hate reading these last two posts….((hugs))

  11. I’m so sorry for your loss . . . and thank you for sharing this. I know just who I’m sending it to!

  12. Thank you for always sharing with us. That was beautiful! May your family embrace one another this holiday!

  13. What a beautiful tribute. I’m sure it will bring comfort to all who knew her. Where did you find the frame?

  14. A beautiful post. My thoughts are with you.
    Sue x (MiniOwner@45)

  15. What a beautiful tribute Lindsey! My thoughts and prayers sincerely go out to you and your family!!

  16. Wow! This is the quote I saw in the CA Care Center while waiting for hubby’s testing to complete sometime last year. I jotted it down and created a layout including this on my page just last month. Why, you may ask? My hubby is currently battling this vicious disease.

    So sorry to hear about your sister! What a cruel disease! Thoughts are with you.

  17. I will keep you family in my prayers.

  18. So sorry for your loss, Lindsay. I love that poem; it’s on one of the walls of the Oncology clinic I go to. Four years in remission!

    Love ‘ya,

    Carmen L

  19. So sorry for your loss; will be praying for your family.

  20. I am so, so sorry for your loss. I lose my Auntie last year – after she battled hard for 5 years against the breast cancer that eventually took over her body and mind. The hurt gets easier to bear with time, but you’ll never stop missing her! I think of my Aunt every time I see a dill pickle (that’s what she loved to eat all the time after the chemo altered her sense of taste) or see a chic flick or when Fridays come – as every Friday we had lunch and then did some girl stuff! Even when she was in chemo, i would bring lunch up and we would have it together there. People you you love are always with you – whether they are physically here or spiritually here. :) You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  21. Oh Lindsay, that is gorgeous… I adore that poem and put it in a card I made for a friend who was undergoing cancer treatment last year. I can’t remember where I found it – floating around on the Internet somewhere, I’ve no doubt! It is so inspiring, and I love what you have done with it, with all the lovely sewing stuff, and what an unusual frame, too.

    Thinking of you all in your loss.


  22. Such a lovely poem to share with everyone. thinking of you at this sad time.
    Sandra @17

  23. Lindsay, I’m so sorry for your loss. The time of year makes it that much sadder. I’m sure that you took great comfort from making the framed tribute. I know that I did when I made memory journals for my sibs after we lost our sister. You did a beautiful job. Prayers and hugs to you….

  24. This is beautiful Lindsay, the poem and the thought and the presentation.

  25. That is a beautiful poem and I love the way you framed it.

  26. Thanks for your visit and lovely comment, Lindsay. Continuing to think of you all. Thanks for the info about the bake and bend clay – I’ll have to look out for that. I’ve got quite a big tub of silicone molding stuff which should keep me going for a while, though.


  27. i’m so sorry to hear about your sister in law. i lost my first husband to cancer many years ago and a few years later, my mother in law. this was a poem my mother in law tucked into her bible and yes, it is so true! my thoughts and prayers are with you and all her loved ones at this time. happy times like Christmas are specially challenging when we lose someone we love.

  28. I’m sorry to hear of your loss…
    You did an amazing job framing that poem and I’m sure your brother-in law will be very pleased with the outcome.
    Take care.

  29. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. What a touching tribute to your Sister-In-Law. Creating that marvelous piece in honor of her and sharing your fond memories of Wanda with your brother, her husband, is heartwarming.


  30. I’m sorry for your loss. It’s a difficult time esp now around these Happy days of Christmas, et such. Why does it always seem we seem to have MORE of OUR family and friends leave us to go “HOME” ???
    I’ll be sure to keep you and Yours in my prayers..and let us also remember those 26 families who we ALL Also DO know of..as well as thoses OTHER MANY who are feeling the loss of a love one.May your heart and those of all find comfort in LOVE’S SELF-LESS Embrace of SPECIAL MOMENTS where WE KNEW overwhelming JOYS spent w/thoses we love.

  31. Hello. I am sorry about your STL,. I two have Cancer, The trouble is it does not discriminate. Age. Sex. Nationally, Color, All are open territory. I wish there were more words to say how we all feel about you and your family. My Pryers and thoughts are with you,

    • Thank you Ann. I hope you have a good recovery from this hateful disease. Take care and big hugs,

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