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.

Photo by Melissa Jenk­ins/The Com­pass

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.

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