So that you don't have to choose between doing good in the world and buying a handmade gift to show a loved one that you care, through February of 2018, 75% of your purchase at Miniature Monkey Creations will be donated to the National Organization for Rare Disorders.
This donation is a very personal one for me, because I live with multiple rare disorders. I am choosing to support NORD in February because Rare Disease Day takes place on the last day of this month. Usually, my rare headache disorder is the most prominent. However, recently, another disorder has taken center stage, and is unfortunately affecting my ability to crochet.
I live with undifferentiated connective tissue disorder, an autoimmune disorder in which my immune system has become confused and is attacking my own healthy tissue. The disease is called undifferentiated because the symptoms are not specific enough for it to be called psoriatic arthritis or lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. The hope is to keep it controlled enough that it never grows up to become one of those diseases. But since last summer, my hands have been in increasing pain. Last November, I finally went to my rheumatologist, the type of doctor who specializes in autoimmune disease, and we started adjusting my medications. We thought we had gotten it right in January, but as I started crocheting my first monkey of the year, my hands betrayed me again.
So for now you will find that other than monkeys that are already in stock, only the smallest amigurumi items are available in the shop. I will instead be focusing on shawls and other items that are crocheted with looser stitches that are easier on my hands while I work with my doctors to try to get this inflammation under control.
This post is not a plea for medical advice. If you have any, kindly keep it to yourself.
You can read more about NORD at https://rarediseases.org/
And about undifferentiated connective tissue disease at https://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/diseases/12342/undifferentiated-connective-tissue-disease
Then get shopping at https://miniaturemonkeycreations.zibbet.com/ and know that your purchase is helping NORD help people with rare diseases like mine.
Pictured here is my Rare Disease Monkey (sold) in Zebra Stripes, the awareness color for rare disease.
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