Loye suffered a TIA, which is sort of like a mini stroke, in 2004. It impaired her right leg. In 2005, she was diagnosed with arthritis, fibromyalgia and neuropathy in her right leg. In 2007, while in cancer treatments she suffered radiation burns which harmed the nerves in her legs. She has had difficulty walking since. Now she finds that the radiation also has affected her spine and is causing severe and chronic pain in her left leg and it is troublesome for her to stay upright.
|[Crochet Shrug Natural Cotton]|
While recovering from cancer, she could no longer work and at the encouragement of her daughter-in-law she opened her Etsy shop, Loye's Thread. She loves creating women's garments and primarily uses cotton thread. As she began to sell garments, she would get terrific feedback that would help her self esteem to return.
Although there are many things she cannot do, she can create in crochet. It gives her a sense of purpose, pride and some extra income to help with medical expenses and occasionally a luxury or two. She cannot imagine life without crochet. It helps to distract from the pain and take her mind off of the activities she has lost. Etsy helps her to have an outlet for her craft. There is also a thrill of excitement every time she makes a sale.
|[Crochet Dress Cap Sleeve in Brown]|
Her family has been very supportive of her crochet business and helps however they can. Her husband helps so much with running errands and delivering packages to the post office. He helps her to participate in the local artisans market once a month because she enjoys it so much.
Loye encourages all crafters who suffer from debilitating conditions to look into opening an online shop and discover the same thrill and sense of accomplishment she has found.