Six years ago today I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was 46 years young and not in the mood for dealing with the uncertainty, discomfort and inconvenience that the diagnosis would hoist upon me. I had already been down the cancer treatment road with my daughter mBf, and I thought once was more than enough in one mother’s lifetime. I thought wrong!
I had nothing to fear for my fabulous posse sprang into action to help me through those dreadful days quicker than you can say, “Cancer Stinks.” One day not long into the treatment I received a package with a silver charm
from my mother. Although I had a Christmas-themed charm bracelet, I was confident that my mother had the good sense not to send a non-Christmas charm for it, thus it seemed a random act of kindness. The next week another silver charm arrived. A theme began to emerge, although it wasn’t confirmed until the link bracelet arrived with this note:
Sweet kKk discovered this tribute and organized my far-flung network of family and friends to create a Links of Love bracelet for me. On a weekly basis, I received a new charm accompanied with a note from the sender describing the charm’s significance to our friendship. By the end of my five months of surgery and treatment, I had amassed a bounty of charms representing a lifetime of love. My dear friend and charter posse member jSl, who worked at James Avery in Atlanta, kindly soldered each charm onto the bracelet. When I opened the package containing the assembed bracelet,
I was moved to tears.
In preparing for this post, I re-read all of the notes and cards that I received with those charms. I am overwhelmingly thankful for the thoughtfulness and memories each one represents. For those who sent a charm, please know this bracelet is one of the few items I would take with me “if the house ever caught on fire.”
If you are ever in need of a truly uplifting idea for a friend facing a journey similar to mine, look no further than the Links of Love bracelet.
May 8, 2013