How I Kept My Sanity

After being diagnosed with Triple Negative breast cancer and losing my hair to chemo, I started crocheting beanies to keep my head warm. I started thinking I wasn’t alone on this journey. I knew there were other women in the same situation. So I decided to crochet pink hats to donate to the Summit Medical Group Cancer Center.

Pink Hats supporting Breast Cancer victims
Triple Negative

Crocheting these hats gave me great satisfaction knowing I was in a small way helping others cope. I have completed my treatments and so far I’m cancer free! Nevertheless, I continue to crochet hats and it still helps maintain my sanity.
Maritza Perez

NOTE FROM DR. DIEHL: Maritza has chosen to be public on this post. She has generously offered to provide one of her hats to any patient who needs one. Please send a request to [email protected] and we’d be happy to send you one as long as Maritza can keep up with the demand. If you haven’t done so, please become a member to receive important updates and news.

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Maritza Perez

Maritza is a Triple Negative Breast Cancer Survivor. Her love for crocheting led her to knit hats for patients undergoing chemotherapy.


  1. Karen on October 21, 2020 at 11:08 pm

    Are those your hats, they are very cute? I bet everyone loves them. What a miracle you are. Thank you for sharing your story Maritza. I too have a connection to cancer and it made me get creative and enjoy my life in a whole new way. Lots of love to you and your family. I bet everyone is grateful for your generosity. Enjoy the holiday season it is right around the corner.

    • Maritza on November 12, 2020 at 1:21 pm

      Karen, yes they are my hats. Thank you. Happy holidays to you and your family also.

  2. Carol LaConte on October 23, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    Maritza, this was a wonderful testimony. Happy to learn you are cancer free yet continue to crochet hats. Sanity and compassion go hand in hand. May you continue with a negative marker.

    • Maritza on November 12, 2020 at 1:20 pm

      Carol, thank you so much!