The Compass’ feel good story of the year
It’s been a rough year for Patsy Bishop of Cavendish, but the charismatic humanitarian still remains positive.
In August, we at The Compass introduced you to Patsy because of her strong will, positive attitude and willingness to help out the Janeway Children’s Hospital in St. John’s while battling cancer.
Last January, Patsy was diagnosed with stomach cancer, but she has kept on fighting.
One of her activities to help pass the time away is crocheting. She began crocheting shawls, blankets and afghans about a decade ago to donate to Carbonear General Hospital and the Iris Kirby House in St. John’s.
Then, three years ago, she started to make hats for premature babies, both crochet and knit.
To date, she has made about 350 caps for the Janeway, and just donated ten more blankets.
In September, friends and family threw Patsy a huge party to celebrate being cancer free. But the celebration didn’t last long — another spot of cancer was detected in her stomach.
Only two weeks ago, Patsy was back at the Health Science Centre in St. John’s getting treated for pneumonia, something she struggled with several times following chemothera- py treatments. She is now home, and doing well.
While chatting with The Compass, Patsy sounded cheerful, energetic and strong, qualities that many would agree she possesses.
She said she received a thank you card from the Janeway for her donations, but never did it for the recognition.
Now, going through a second bout of cancer, Patsy refuses to let it get her down.
And as long as Patsy is fighting, and as long as she is able, she will continue to crochet and knit caps for the Janeway, and blankets for those in need.
This is why Patsy Bishop’s story is our feel good story of the year for 2014.
Patsy Bishop beat cancer earlier this year while also crocheting and knitting caps for premature babies at the Janeway. Although her cancer has returned, she intends to continue making the caps.