This is Annie! She is my youngest daughter and our Epilepsy Warrior. She recently celebrated seven years since her brain surgery and seven years seizure free. It’s an absolute blessing that she has her seizures in control and can lead a healthy life.
She chose to celebrate the day by participating in an Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona Golf Tournament. It happened to be on the very day she had her surgery seven years ago and as my husband and I watched her golf we couldn’t be more proud and grateful for how hard she has worked to regain memory skills, language skills and other challenges she endured from brain surgery.
Golf has helped her rehabilitate her brain and has become her passion. She is up early every morning training. She hopes to become a professional golfer and teach others about the game. Currently she is an assistant to her golf pro and helps with Jr. Golf Clinics.
But she also is determined to bring awareness to those that battle epilespy everyday. She cares about younger kids that might have to go through the same surgery she did and wants to be able to show them that there is life after brain surgery. It does take a lot of work, but it’s possible.
While we were at the tournament, the organizers recogonized that she was seven years seizure free that day and had her say a few words. It was the best way she could ever imagine to celebrate. Here’s just a short clip:
We’d like to thank the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona for sponsoring this event and giving Annie the opportunity to celebrate at the tournament. Annie hopes to participate in the upcoming Epilepsy Walk in March and play in more golf tournaments in the future.
Since the entire month of November is Epilepsy Awareness month, I chose to make her a winter hat. Purple is the color that stands for Epilepsy and Annie chooses to wear purple as much as possible throughout the month. (She wore a lavender golf shirt for the tournament.) I also encourage you to click the highlighted link to learn more about epilepsy and how you can spot what people who are having seizures look like and offer proper first aid to them.
I also would love to share this simple even moss stitch purple hat pattern that we are calling “Annie’s Purple Hat.”
2 balls Paton’s Wool Roving in Frosted Plum 3.5 oz/100g
Crochet hook size J, 6.0mm
Pom pom (optional)
Chain 30, (Measure this chain from your eyebrows to the crown of your head and if it is too short for you add 2 or more or, if it’s too long, take 2 chains off. You need any even number to make this pattern work.)
ROW 1: *Slip stitch into the second chain from hook. Half Double Crochet (HDC) into the next stitch. Repeat from * until there are 3 chain spaces left. Slip Stitch into the last 3 chain spaces. CH 1 and turn.
ROW 2: Slip Stitch into the first 3 sts working into the back loops only. *HDC into the next HDC, slip stitch into the next slip stitch (under both loops). Repeat from * to the end of the row. CH 1 and turn. (Your last stitch of the row should be a slip stitch.)
ROW 3: *Slip Stitch into the first st. HDC into the next HDC. Repeat from * to the last 3 sts. Slip Stitch into the back loops of the final 3 sts of the row. CH 1 and turn.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until hat measures 2.5 inches shorter than the measured head circumference. For example, an average woman’s head size is 22 inches, make your hat 19.5 inches wide.
With a tapestry needle, use the starting tail, or cut a long tail from your last stitch to gather the end with the 3 slip stitches together to close the top of the hat. Then continue to sew the two sides together. Weave in the ends.
Attach a pom pom if desired. (I purchased a faux fur pom pom from my local craft store.)
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