Terra Taylor is crocheting to help those battling cancer.

Terra Taylor is crocheting to help those battling cancer.

Vision loss doesn’t stop mom from helping

Despite dealing with a disability of her own, Terra Taylor is doing what she can to comfort others

STOREY’S BEACH—Despite dealing with a disability of her own, Terra Taylor is doing what she can to comfort those who are being treated for cancer — and she’s looking for volunteers to help her out.

Taylor, a 39-year-old stay at home married mom of four and grandmother to three, recently started a home-based business.

“I started selling crocheted hats to earn a little money on the side,” she said.

The task is a little more difficult for Taylor who has extremely poor vision.

She lost the sight in her left eye after a freak accident.

Not too long ago she said she woke up one morning to a world that was a “ foggy, smoky haze.”

She soon learned she had a disease similar to macular degeneration that’s robbing her of her sight.

She has only peripheral vision in her left eye, and she described the vision in her right eye as a TV screen with pieces missing.

Still, no complaints from Taylor.

“I’m getting by with the vision I have left, and I just use thicker yarn and bigger needles” she said. That allowed the grandmother to crochet hats and other items to sell.

But she said  “a chord was struck in my heart” after one particular sale.

“I was asked to make things for a couple of people and later learned they had cancer,” Taylor recalled.

“They paid me, but it just didn’t feel right.”

Now, Taylor is donating her crocheting skills — that she picked up when she was 11 — and plenty of yarn to make caps for those who lost or are losing their hair to cancer.

She said she’s hoping to find others who know how to crochet to give her a hand.

“I know there are a lot of people out there who wouldn’t mind donating an hour or two of their time and I have lots of yarn,” said Taylor, who added she’s more than willing to host crochet get-togethers.

“I don’t mind people coming over, I have lots of yarn.”

Anyone interested is asked to contact Taylor at terradawn@gmail.com or by telephone at 250-230-0450.