An early morning call in late June 2008 changed the course of the next year for Christine Marcum, a fiber artist. She learned that her son, an active-duty officer for the U.S. Army in Northern Afghanistan, had suffered extensive damage to his right foot and ankle after stepping on an explosive anti-personnel device. Marcum spent the next 11 months with him on the Brooke Army Medical Center campus in San Antonio, Texas, helping with his recovery. “Our soldier’s sufferings are long and many, but he has tremendous courage and fortitude, not to mention a great sense of humor, which has helped us all through his injury,” she says. Though his trauma, which eventually required the amputation of his lower right leg, initially kept Marcum from creating art, it eventually inspired her to get back to her studio.