Ever since I found out my best friend was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer, which has spread to various parts of her body, I decided to start folding Senbazuru, 1,000 paper cranes.
According to Wikipedia, this is a short history on Senbazuru:
Thousand origami cranes (千羽鶴 Senbazuru) is a group of one thousand origami paper cranes (鶴 tsuru) held together by strings. An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. The crane in Japan is one of the mystical or holy creatures (others include the dragon and the tortoise), and is said to live for a thousand years. In Japan, it is commonly said that folding 1000 paper origami cranes makes a person's wish come true. (expansion needed) This makes them popular gifts for special friends and family.
I'm not quite at 1,000 cranes just yet. Guess how many are in the picture below?
This is going to be a big wish. I wish for her quick recovery and for her life to be somewhat back to normal again.